Illinois Department of Corrections

State News
6:55 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Illinois prisoner deaths

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.

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State News
3:45 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Prison parolees attend state sponsored job fair

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.

Volunteers shepherd 300 ex-offenders around to dozens of booths at a building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds, all of which are here to help them get to their ultimate goal: employment. This event is known as the "Summit of Hope," one of eight such events around the state planned for this year.

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State News
6:23 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Jury selection begins in third murder trial of Nicholas Sheley

Under heavy security in Rock Island, jury selection began this week for the third murder trial of Nicholas Sheley. The 34-year-old from Sterling is currently serving two life sentences for murder. And he's now standing trial on charges that six years ago, he killed four people in Whiteside County.

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:01 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Summit of Hope event in Peoria

Credit Illinois Department of Corrections

About 800 people on parole and probation were invited to get help from the state Department of Corrections on re-entering society. The state DOC held one of its Summit of Hope events in Peoria Tuesday. The event lets those with convictions find ways to pursue higher education, get a job and become involved in community groups.

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Prisons
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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