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6 Illinois Prisons To Set Up Temporary Housing

Security is being undermined at Illinois’ prisons because of overcrowding and the need for space, a prison watchdog group said Thursday after state officials confirmed that six medium-security prisons would be using gymnasiums to temporarily house extra inmates.


Cook County Jail (Credit: CBS)

Preckwinkle Wants To Reduce $15 Charge For Calls From Jail

Inmates at Cook County Jail are being charged up to $15 per call for local phone calls, and the company that operates the jail’s phones and the county are both raking in huge profits because of it.

CBS Chicago–04/04/2012

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Report: Conditions Getting Dangerous At Menard Prison

The Chicago-based John Howard Association prison watchdog group says the Menard Correctional Center downstate is becoming increasingly dangerous.

CBS Chicago–10/06/2011


Watchdog Group: Prison Inmates Rarely Get To Change Underwear

A prison watchdog group finds that inmate tightie-whities are not so white these days.

CBS Chicago–06/30/2011