Prison http://peoriapublicradio.org en State panel to tackle prisoner reduction http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/state-panel-tackle-prisoner-reduction <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A small panel of Illinois lawmakers meets this week with a lofty goal. They want to find a way to reduce the prison population, cut down on recidivism - but still enforce strict laws. Illinois Public Radio's Tony Arnold reports.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois State Representative Mike </span>Zalewski<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is gathering the committee to look at the big picture on prisons.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">They’ll discuss overcrowding in Illinois’ prisons, and the billion dollars they cost taxpayers each year.</span></p></div><p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 03:03:43 +0000 Tony Arnold 26459 at http://peoriapublicradio.org State panel to tackle prisoner reduction Mandatory minimums to be debated this week http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/mandatory-minimums-be-debated-week <div>A panel of Illinois state lawmakers Tuesday is scheduled to debate how long convicted criminals should spend in prison for certain crimes. IPR's&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tony Arnold reports.</span></div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy frequently blames Springfield politicians for the city’s gun violence.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">He says nobody’s afraid of Illinois’ gun laws.</span></p></div><div> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 12:13:47 +0000 Tony Arnold 26408 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Mandatory minimums to be debated this week Of natural causes: Death in Illinois prisons part 3 http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/natural-causes-death-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 http://peoriapublicradio.org Of natural causes: Death in Illinois prisons part 3 Prison parolees attend state sponsored job fair http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/prison-parolees-attend-state-sponsored-job-fair <p>In Illinois, twenty-five-thousand men and women are released from state prisons each year. Ideally, that means twenty-five-thousand people entering the job market. Illinois already has higher-than-average unemployment, and a criminal record can make it even harder to find work. That's why the Illinois Department of Corrections is trying to lend a hand to ex-offenders through a series of specialized events. Illinois Public Radio's Hannah Meisel attended one Tuesday in Springfield.</p><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Volunteers shepherd 300 ex-offenders around to dozens of booths at a&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, all of which are here to help them get to their ultimate goal: employment.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This event is known as the "Summit of Hope," one of eight such events around the state planned for this year.</span></p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 20:45:51 +0000 Hannah Meisel 24683 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Prison parolees attend state sponsored job fair Health care reform could affect prison numbers http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/health-care-reform-could-affect-prison-numbers <p></p><p>One possible side effect of the new health care law &ndash; fewer people behind bars. IPR&rsquo;s Sean Powers reports.</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 04:03:38 +0000 Sean Powers 12713 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Health care reform could affect prison numbers Jessie Jackson Jr., wife sentenced to jail http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/jessie-jackson-jr-wife-sentenced-jail <div>Former Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson Junior and his wife are both headed to prison for stealing $750,000 in campaign cash. As<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>IPR’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Alex Keefe reports, they were sentenced Wednesday by a federal judge in Washington DC:</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><p></p></div><p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 22:00:53 +0000 Alex Keefe 10430 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Jessie Jackson Jr., wife sentenced to jail 240 computers missing from state prison systems http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/240-computers-missing-state-prison-systems <p></p><div>Illinois' auditor has found that the state's prison systems have lost 240 computers.&nbsp;</div><div>Auditor General Bill Holland's report shows the Department of Corrections is missing 156 computers and the Department of Juvenile Justice can't locate 84 others.&nbsp;</div><p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 03:41:33 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 10025 at http://peoriapublicradio.org 240 computers missing from state prison systems Central figure in Blago investigation sentenced to jail http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/central-figure-blago-investigation-sentenced-jail <p></p><p>A central figure in the Blagojevich investigation was sentenced Wednesday to 27 months in federal prison. IPR’s Robert Wildeboer reports:</p><p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 22:10:59 +0000 Robert Wildeboer 9731 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Central figure in Blago investigation sentenced to jail ACLU joins state prison lawsuit http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/aclu-joins-state-prison-lawsuit <p>A lawsuit over health care in prisons in Illinois is getting a boost from the American Civil Liberties Union. &nbsp;IPR’s Robert Wildeboer reports.</p><p> Thu, 30 May 2013 23:45:43 +0000 Alex Rusciano 6518 at http://peoriapublicradio.org ACLU joins state prison lawsuit State frees 120 inmates on early release http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/state-frees-120-inmates-early-release <p></p><div>The Illinois Department of Corrections has freed 120 inmates as part of a new early-release program. But the director of the department says letting more inmates out is not the answer to overcrowding in prisons.&nbsp;</div><p> Tue, 07 May 2013 21:22:34 +0000 Alex Rusciano 5211 at http://peoriapublicradio.org State frees 120 inmates on early release