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Prisoners’ Rights Group Hopes New IDOC Director Tackles Overcrowding, Treatment Of Mentally IllThe head of a prisoners’ rights group weighs in on the revolving door at the Illinois Department of Corrections, reports WBBM's Nancy Harty.
6 Illinois Prisons To Set Up Temporary HousingSecurity 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.
Preckwinkle Wants To Reduce $15 Charge For Calls From JailInmates 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.
Report: Conditions Getting Dangerous At Menard PrisonThe Chicago-based John Howard Association prison watchdog group says the Menard Correctional Center downstate is becoming increasingly dangerous.
Watchdog Group: Prison Inmates Rarely Get To Change UnderwearA prison watchdog group finds that inmate tightie-whities are not so white these days.
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