Illinois Prisons http://peoriapublicradio.org en Some prisoners getting two meals a day instead of three http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/some-prisoners-getting-two-meals-day-instead-three <div>Illinois prisons are expanding a program to feed some inmates two meals a day instead of three. IPR'S Brian Mackey has more on prisoners eating brunch.</div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Illinois Department of Corrections has combined breakfast and lunch at two prisons so far. S</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">pokesman Tom </span>Shaer<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;says this is not a money-saving measure, but it is easier on the staff. In a prison, mealtime means not just preparation, serving and clean-up, but also moving inmates from their housing area to the dining hall.&nbsp;</span>Shaer<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> also says inmates prefer the brunch schedule.</span></p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 12:06:44 +0000 Brian Mackey 11986 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Some prisoners getting two meals a day instead of three Il prison watchdog group says many people with mental illness end up in prison http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/il-prison-watchdog-group-says-many-people-mental-illness-end-prison <div>Last week, prison officials in Indiana announced they'd soon add programs for mentally ill inmates, and house them in a special facility. A few days earlier, a report from a prison watchdog group raised concerns about the same kind of inmates in an Illinois prison. IPR’S Brian Mackey has more.</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The John Howard Association, a prison-monitoring group, says the demise of our mental health system in recent decades means a lot of people with mental illness end up in prison.</span></div><div> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 12:12:31 +0000 Brian Mackey 8179 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Il prison watchdog group says many people with mental illness end up in prison Some Illinois prisoners in for trivial crimes http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/some-illinois-prisoners-trivial-crimes <p></p><div>The agency that runs Illinois prisons has more inmates than it has room for….</div><div>Fifty thousand in a system built for 33-thousand. So now the agency— the Illinois Department of Corrections--says it will house more inmates in prison gymnasiums. &nbsp;Many of the people crowding into the facilities... they’re not all the hardened criminals you see on T.V. As Robert Wildeboer reports, a large number of inmates are there on rather trivial charges.</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 04:17:14 +0000 Tanya Koonce 2999 at http://peoriapublicradio.org