Illinois Prisons en Of natural causes: Death in Illinois prisons part 3 <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois taxpayers pay a private company more than a hundred million dollars a year to give health care to prison inmates. </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Yet no one in Illinois knows how good, or bad, the care is. </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But that will likely change soon.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As part of our series “Of natural causes: Death in Illinois prisons,”&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois Public Radio's&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Robert&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Wildeboer</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;reports.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On July 28, 2012 </span>Elawndoe<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Shannon put in a request for sick call at the prison where he was housed in Lawrence, Illinois. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Two days later, he died.</span></p><div> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 23:46:28 +0000 Robert Wildeboer 26198 at Of natural causes: Death in Illinois prisons part 3 Illinois prisoner deaths <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Between 80 and a hundred people die each year inside Illinois prisons. Information has been sought about those deaths, but the Department of Corrections under Governor Pat Quinn is taking a “trust us, nothing to see here” attitude.</span></p><p></p><p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 23:55:24 +0000 Robert Wildeboer 26071 at Illinois prisoner deaths Some prisoners getting two meals a day instead of 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 Some prisoners getting two meals a day instead of three Il prison watchdog group says many people with mental illness end up in 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 Il prison watchdog group says many people with mental illness end up in prison Some Illinois prisoners in for 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