Illinois Prisons

State News
7:06 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Some prisoners getting two meals a day instead of three

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.

The Illinois Department of Corrections has combined breakfast and lunch at two prisons so far. Spokesman Tom Shaer 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. Shaer also says inmates prefer the brunch schedule.

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State News
7:12 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Il prison watchdog group says many people with mental illness end up in prison

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.

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.

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11:17 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Some Illinois prisoners in for trivial crimes

The agency that runs Illinois prisons has more inmates than it has room for….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.  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. 

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