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Thursday, April 19, 2012 04:34 pm

House committee mulls prison overcrowding solutions

Putting a halt to early prison release in Illinois has cost the state $153 million a year, says one prison reform advocate. Meanwhile, inmates complain of cockroaches in their cells and a lack of reha...
Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011 11:48 am

Juvenile justice group pushes for sea-change in kid prisons

Illinois’ system of warehousing juvenile delinquents doesn’t work, according to a state-appointed reform group calling for sweeping changes in how youth offenders are handled.The Illinois ...
Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011 03:01 pm

Understaffing and other problems still need work, reform group says

Conditions in Illinois’ juvenile prisons are improving, according to one watchdog group, but problems of overcrowding, lack of education and inadequate staffing linger.A report released Nov. 16 ...
Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011 05:41 pm
No one disputes that Stanley Wrice was beaten by Chicago police to extract a confession.Now, the state Supreme Court will decide whether the beating and subsequent forced confession is grounds for a h...
Thursday, June 23, 2011 12:37 pm

Supreme Court decision on California’s overcrowded prisons should serve as a warning to Illinois

A U.S. Supreme Court opinion ordering the State of California to reduce its prison population should serve as a warning to Illinois lawmakers, says an Illinois prison watchdog group.In a 5-4 vote, the...
Thursday, May 26, 2011 12:32 am

Innocence Project marks 10 years by honoring key allies

It’s not every day that a serial killer helps a writer solve a crime, so when Diane Fanning, a Texas true-crime author, received a letter from convicted killer Tommy Lynn Sells admitting to a mu...
Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010 04:54 am

Group says former director’s reforms should continue

A group of prison reform advocates says the recent resignation of the state’s corrections director is unfortunate, but the reforms he quietly enacted should continue.The unnamed group, which inc...
Thursday, April 29, 2010 12:22 pm

Fixing Illinois’ juvenile justice system

What do you do when you catch a criminal? Conventional wisdom says you lock them up and hope prison scares them straight. But what if that doesn’t work, and what if that criminal is only 13 year...

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