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Illinois Department of Corrections

A Victory for Safe, Smart and Cost-Effective Criminal Justice Law and Policy

John Maki | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
John Maki

The Illinois House has adjourned without voting on pending legislation that would increase mandatory-minimum prison sentences for illegal gun possession. This is a victory for safe, smart, cost-effective criminal justice law and policy.

Let's Talk About Prison Health Care

John Maki | Posted 06.01.2013 | Chicago
John Maki

Through decades of passing laws and supporting policies that have filled our prisons with an unprecedented number of inmates, we have built a prison health care system without asking difficult and yet fundamental questions about what we have created.

Quinn's Prison Closure Plan Must Be Supported by Comprehensive Prison Reform

John Maki | Posted 04.25.2012 | Chicago
John Maki

Quinn is smart to look to the state's prison system to save taxpayer money. But to have a real impact on the state's fiscal health, Illinois must look beyond closing prisons and work toward ending our over-reliance on incarceration.

Lizzie Schiffman

Illinois Panel Finds Broken Parole System Traps Young Offenders

HuffingtonPost.com | Lizzie Schiffman | Posted 12.14.2011 | Chicago

"One Commissioner observed a hearing in which there was 'no time for introduction or discussion. [The Prisoner Review Board hearing officer] was readi...

'Alarming' Rise In Assaults At Illinois' Largest Maximum-Security Prison

Posted 12.05.2011 | Chicago

A report by an oversight group evaluating Illinois' largest maximum-security prison found an "alarming" rise in staff and inmate assaults, likely a pr...

Quinn Announces Plans To Close Seven Facilities, Lay Off 1,900 Workers

Posted 11.08.2011 | Chicago

Gov. Pat Quinn announced plans Thursday to close seven state agencies, which, along with other cuts, will eliminate more than 1,900 jobs in an effort ...

Jailbirds Have Dirty Undies: Report

AP | Posted 11.15.2011 | Weird News

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- A clothing shortage is forcing inmates in at least one Illinois prison to wear the same underwear several days in a row, causing ...

Man Claims He Was Denied HIV Medication In Jail

Posted 08.23.2011 | Chicago

A 39-year-old HIV-positive Chicago man claimed Wednesday that he was denied access to medication prescribed to help him manage his condition during a ...

Director Tony Godinez and the Challenges Facing the Illinois Department of Corrections

John Maki | Posted 07.05.2011 | Chicago
John Maki

Director Godinez is exceptionally qualified, with almost 40 years of corrections experience. This experience should serve him well as he confronts the significant challenges facing IDOC.

Prisoner Who Saved Meager Jail Wages Asked To Pay State For Incarceration Costs

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

When Kensley Hawkins was sent to prison for the 1980 murder of a man and the attempted murder of two Chicago police officers, he hoped his prison job ...

Organization Gives Incarcerated Teens A Chance To Start Over

The Huffington Post | Aixa Velez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

In Illinois, 73 percent of 17 to 21 year olds who leave prison will return in three years or less. Often jobless and with little education to fall bac...

Top Ten Things to Know About Illinois' Prisons

John Maki | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
John Maki

While states across the country are reducing their prison populations, Illinois has added more than 3,000 inmates, the equivalent of a large prison.

Prison Overcrowding: A Far Greater Threat to Public Safety than Early Release

John Maki | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
John Maki

Research shows that when low-level non-violent offenders are incarcerated instead of given supervised release, they are more likely to commit new crimes once they get out of prison.

Prisoner Release Scandal: Pat Quinn's Early Release Program LOST Dozens Of Parolees

AP | JOHN O'CONNOR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Dozens of parolees, including one imprisoned for his part in a 2008 murder, have disappeared after they were set free as par...

Now That We Have the "Right" To Health Care, How Will We Be Assured The "Duties" Will Be Performed?

Tamara N. Holder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Tamara N. Holder

Today, President Obama extended all Americans a "right" that prisoners already possess: health care. But, the right to health care means nothing unl...

Giannoulias Poll Has Quinn Below 50%

nbcchicago.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

With the primary election only weeks away, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Dan Hynes today continued to blast gov. Quinn over the state's prison re...

Inside the Illinois Prison Known as "Hotel Hell"

Charles Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Charles Shaw

I spent 13 days in isolation at the Stateville Northern Reception and Classification center in Joliet, Illinois. It was a form of torture that leaves an indelible scar on a person's soul.

Murderers Released: Illinois Prisoners Freed In Budget Shortfall

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The Chicago Sun-Times reports Wednesday that 21 people convicted of murder or attempted murder were released from prison early, as part of a controver...

Quinn Taps Ohio Prison Official To Run Illinois Department Of Corrections

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Gov. Pat Quinn turned Thursday to the assistant director of Ohio's prison system to run the Illinois Department of Correctio...

Plug The Budget Gap With Juvenile Justice Reform

Paula Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Paula Wolff

A citizens' group has been appointed to find places to cut the budget. One of the first places they should look is the Department of Corrections, which spends a shocking $1.4 billion each year to lock up 45,000 people.