Illinois Department of Corrections http://wuis.org en Series Part 3: Death In Illinois Prisons http://wuis.org/post/series-part-3-death-illinois-prisons <p>Illinois taxpayers pay a private company more than a hundred million dollars a year to give health care to prison inmates.</p><p>Yet no one in Illinois knows how good, or bad, the care is.</p><p>But that will likely change soon.</p><p>As part of our series “Of natural causes: Death in Illinois prisons,” WBEZ’s Robert Wildeboer reports.</p><p>On July 28, 2012 Elawndoe Shannon put in a request for sick call at the prison where he was housed in Lawrence, Illinois.</p><p>Two days later, he died.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 04:41:00 +0000 Rob Wildeboer 28943 at http://wuis.org Series Part 3: Death In Illinois Prisons Series Part 2: Prison Deaths In Illinois http://wuis.org/post/series-part-2-prison-deaths-illinois <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:rgb(0,0,0);vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;">Between 80 and a hundred people die behind bars in Illinois every year. </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:rgb(0,0,0);vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;">The average age of the people who die is 54.</span></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 04:12:00 +0000 Rob Wildeboer 28904 at http://wuis.org Series Part 2: Prison Deaths In Illinois Series: Death In Illinois Prisons http://wuis.org/post/series-death-illinois-prisons <p></p><p>Between 80 and a hundred people die each year inside Illinois prisons.</p><p>Chicago public station WBEZ has been seeking information about those deaths, but the Department of Corrections under Governor Pat Quinn is taking a “trust us, nothing to see here” attitude.</p><p>However, persistent and disturbing complaints from inmates and their families make it hard to just move along.</p><p>Robert Wildeboer will bring us some of their stories and the department’s response this week as part of our series “Of natural causes: Death in Illinois prisons.”</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:58:36 +0000 Rob Wildeboer 28898 at http://wuis.org Series: Death In Illinois Prisons Ex-Offenders Get Job-Ready At DOC Opportunity Expo http://wuis.org/post/ex-offenders-get-job-ready-doc-opportunity-expo <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>In Illinois, 25,000 men and women are released from state prisons each year. Ideally, that means 25,000 people entering the job market. But 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.</p><p></p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 17:06:20 +0000 Hannah Meisel 27014 at http://wuis.org Ex-Offenders Get Job-Ready At DOC Opportunity Expo What Lawmakers Know And Don't Know About Illinois Prisons http://wuis.org/post/what-lawmakers-know-and-dont-know-about-illinois-prisons <p>75 % of Illinois lawmakers surveyed by Chicago Public Radio say they have never stepped foot in a maximum security prison cell block. And 40 percent of those legislators have never toured or visited a prison even once.</p><p>Yet they’re the ones signing the checks for the $1.3&nbsp; billion dollar per year agency.</p><p>Ninety-five of the 118 House members responded to the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/fantasy-and-reality-what-do-illinois-legislators-know-about-prisons-109730">survey.</a></p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 11:02:00 +0000 Robert Wildeboer 19245 at http://wuis.org What Lawmakers Know And Don't Know About Illinois Prisons Quinn Backs Corrections Director http://wuis.org/post/quinn-backs-corrections-director <p></p><p>Gov. Pat Quinn is supporting his prisons director after a Republican challenger called for the director to be fired. &nbsp;<br />&nbsp;Sen. Kirk Dillard is a GOP candidate for governor. He said Wednesday that Democrat Quinn should fire S.A. ``Tony'' Godinez&nbsp; for hiring a man with arrests and apparent one-time gang ties. &nbsp;</p><p>Dillard says it's ``outrageous'' that ex-gang members are ``running the prisons.'' &nbsp;<br />Xadrian McCraven&nbsp; was an $111,000-a-year senior policy adviser to the Department of Corrections' parole chief before he was fired Friday. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 23:56:57 +0000 Associated Press 16551 at http://wuis.org Quinn Backs Corrections Director State Prison Locked Down Because of Illness http://wuis.org/post/state-prison-locked-down-because-illness <p>The state's Department of Corrections has locked down the Big Muddy River Correctional Center in Ina after dozens of inmates started to show flu-like symptoms. &nbsp;</p><p>The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan reports that the department says the Level 1 lockdown means that no visitors are allowed at the facility and no inmates will be transferred. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 22:54:20 +0000 Associated Press 14335 at http://wuis.org State Prison Locked Down Because of Illness State Failed To Keep Tabs On Decatur Murder Suspect http://wuis.org/post/state-failed-keep-tabs-decatur-murder-suspect <p>Lawmakers say an early prison release law doesn&#39;t need changing despite a mistake in which a parolee now charged with murder was not properly monitored.<br />&nbsp;<br />Joshua A. Jones was set free in May five months early. He was charged with a Decatur murder three months later.<br />Documents and Associated Press interviews show Jones was supposed to be electronically monitored but was not. State prison officials say an employee<br />faces discipline.<br /> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 23:07:20 +0000 Associated Press 10151 at http://wuis.org State Failed To Keep Tabs On Decatur Murder Suspect Health Law Could Reduce Incarceration Rates http://wuis.org/post/health-law-could-reduce-incarceration-rates <p>Tuesday marks the launch of state health insurance exchanges, a major part of the Affordable Care Act. Among the many changes likely after the new health coverage takes effect: Fewer people behind bars.</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 13:58:31 +0000 Sean Powers 10017 at http://wuis.org Health Law Could Reduce Incarceration Rates Corrections Worker Headed To Prison For Stealing From Memorial Fund http://wuis.org/post/corrections-worker-headed-prison-stealing-memorial-fund <p>A former Illinois Department of Corrections accounting employee will serve 21 months in federal prison after admitting to embezzling more than $50,000 from a fund meant to benefit prison workers killed in the line of duty. &nbsp;<br />U.S. District Judge Sue Myerscough sentenced 47-year-old Mary Ann Bohlen on Monday. &nbsp;<br />Myerscough also ordered the Edinburg resident to pay nearly $24,000 to the Illinois Correctional Employees Memorial Association and $27,000 to the state corrections agency. &nbsp; Mon, 30 Sep 2013 22:25:22 +0000 Sean Crawford 9978 at http://wuis.org