Stack of cash (CBS)

Inmates Improperly Collected Unemployment While In Jail

People in Illinois jails and prisons are not supposed to get unemployment benefits, but some of them are.


Storybook Project

Program Lets Imprisoned Parents Record Bedtime Stories For Kids

Even though their parents are miles away in prison, many Chicago children will hear those parents read a bedtime story this Christmas Eve.

CBS Chicago–12/21/2011

A man holds on to a prison bar inside of a jail cell. (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)

18 Years, 4 Months For Man Who Took In Millions In Phony Tax Returns

A former Chicago resident is going to prison for more than 18 years, after admitting to trying to defraud the state and federal government out of more than $65 million using the identities of prisoners and the dead.

CBS Chicago–08/01/2011


Ill. Supreme Court: Inmates Can Keep Most Of Their Income From Prison Jobs

Inmates can keep large portions of income they earn while working jobs behind bars, the Illinois Supreme Court said in a ruling Thursday that scuttles attempts by prison officials to confiscate everything for prison room and board.


Image from a body scan. (CBS)

Cook County Jail Installs Body Scanners For Prisoners

In an effort to improve safety for inmates and officers, the Cook County Jail has installed new high-tech body-scanning machines, Sheriff Tom Dart said Tuesday.


Prison fence

Naval Base Prisoners Moving To Woodstock

The McHenry County Sheriff’s office is hoping to generate $83,000 in revenue by housing prisoners from the Great Lakes Naval Brig at the county jail.