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Thursday, June 19, 2014 12:01 am

Lawmakers to reconsider criminal sentencing

People convicted of low-level crimes in Illinois could soon see less time behind bars, but that doesn’t mean Illinois is going soft on crime.State lawmakers during the spring legislative session app...
Thursday, April 10, 2014 12:01 am

Freeing the wrongly convicted with the Illinois Innocence Project

 Brian Banks had the world at his feet.A promising high school football star with serious NFL prospects, Banks got his first college recruiting letter as a sophomore. Before he even started his s...
Thursday, March 13, 2014 12:01 am

Tower of Refuge gets parolees on the right path

 Before he was even 12, Lorenzo Louden had shot a man and slept with two prostitutes. Growing up so early, it’s no wonder he preferred gang life to school and eventually wound up in prison.Now...
Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 02:01 am
 Illinois lawmakers are considering an increase in minimum prison time for carrying a weapon under certain circumstances, but opponents say that won’t reduce crime. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel i...
Thursday, April 4, 2013 11:04 am

Randy Steidl won his lawsuit, but he remains unpardoned for murders he didn’t commit

After more than 26 years of fighting, Randy Steidl is ready to put the past behind him.The Paris, Ill., man spent 17 years on Illinois’ death row for a double murder he didn’t commit, but ...
Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013 06:10 pm

IDOC adopts reformed program to lower prison population

Certain Illinois inmates have started to receive early release credits under administrative rules adopted this month by the Illinois Department of Corrections. The move follows a state law passed last...
Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012 03:05 pm

Illinois Innocence Project helps free imprisoned Chicago man with imperfect compromise

Although Anthony Murray walked out of prison on Oct. 31 a free man after 14 years, gaining his freedom required admitting to a murder he says he didn’t commit. “It’s been a long road...
Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012 10:06 am

Union faces unprecedented challenges, even from allies

What would drive a crowd of unionized state employees to boo the very governor they helped elect? The answer is about $83 billion of pension underfunding, a broken labor contract and a lot of jobs in ...
Thursday, June 7, 2012 09:01 am

Would require annual reports, include inmate evaluations

Illinois prison inmates may soon qualify for early release once more under a bill passed by state lawmakers last week. If approved by Gov. Pat Quinn, the move would address state prison overcrowding t...

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