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Prison System

Prison visiting hours affected by computer switch

SPRINGFIELD | Every prison in the state will be closed to visitors for one day later this month to allow officials to install a new computer system.

June 11, 2014 4:04 pm

Watchdog group criticized by agency it observes

SPRINGFIELD | One of the few independent organizations with regular access to the state’s overcrowded prison system is being criticized by the agency it is trying to help.

August 04, 2013 12:00 am

Another suspicious inmate death at Menard prison

SPRINGFIELD | Another inmate death is under investigation at the Menard Correctional Center.

March 27, 2013 7:30 pm

First inmates freed in revamped early release program

SPRINGFIELD | A 34-year-old southern Illinois man last week became the first Illinois prison inmate sent home on parole under a revamped early release program.

March 27, 2013 1:15 pm

State readies for revamped early prisoner release program

SPRINGFIELD | The Quinn administration began taking the first steps Wednesday to restart an early inmate release program that could reduce the population of the state’s overcrowded prison system.

January 09, 2013 8:00 pm

Early prisoner release program still on hold

SPRINGFIELD | More than six months have passed since Gov. Pat Quinn approved legislation designed to ease overcrowding within the state’s bursting-at-the-seams prison system.

December 31, 2012 12:00 am

Prison cuts include reductions to drug counseling, job training

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. | Not only does Gov. Pat Quinn's state budget proposal call for shoehorning more inmates into fewer prisons, it also would reduce drug counseling and job training programs for prisoners.

March 11, 2012 7:30 pm

Report says Illinois should rethink youth prison system

SPRINGFIELD | A new report says Illinois is locking up too many juveniles in youth prisons that are understaffed and lack effective programs.

November 18, 2011 12:00 am
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