I moved to Illinois in 1976, over 35 years ago, to take a job with the National Clearinghouse for Criminal Justice Planning and Architecture at the University of Illinois. I didn’t know much about prisons and jails then, but it wasn’t long before I found out they had become big business and were about to get even bigger.
Illinois lawmakers want Gov. Pat Quinn to reduce prison crowding with a new early release program. The House voted 68-50 to reinstate sentence credits for prisoners with good behavior behind bars or participate in self-improvement programs. The bill is SB2621.
Cell phones in prisons have been a controversial issue for quite some time, but the Illinois Department of Corrections is now requesting information from companies regarding equipment to detect illegal cell phone calls within the prison grounds.
The largest public employee union in the state of Illinois recently has called for Gov. Pat Quinn to avoid selling the Thomson Correctional Center, just north of Thomson, Ill. and use it to ease overcrowding in other Illinois prisons.