John Maki

Prison fence

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