States Alter System to Comply With Youthful Inmate Standard

By Audrey Arthur
(09/26/2013)
Massachusetts and Illinois are altering their juvenile justice and adult corrections departments in order to comply with the Youthful Inmate Standard of the Prison Rape Elimination Act.

Illinois Inmates Move to Temporary Housing


(03/20/2013)
llinois has been in the center of prison closures and has recently added more facilities to its list.

Illinois Continues to Battle Over Prison Closures


(12/05/2012)
The topic of prison closures has been an ongoing discussion in Illinois and perhaps an ongoing headache for Illinois Governor Pat Quinn.

Adapting Jails and Prisons

By Michael McMillen, AIA
(09/12/2012)
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’ Only Supermax Facility Set to Close


(06/27/2012)
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has proposed closing eight of the state’s correctional facilities, including Tamms Correctional Center in Tamms, Ill., the state’s only supermax prison.

Early Prison Release Plan Approved by Illinois House


(06/06/2012)
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.

Illinois Seeks Equipment to Detect Illegal Phones


(01/25/2012)
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.

Chicagoland Remains an Industry Stronghold

By Candice Dyer
(03/25/2011)
Chicago, with its rambunctious history of Tommy-gun gangsters, political corruption, and fabled “Big Shoulders,” had to develop some sturdy, lock-and-key mechanisms for criminal justice.

Hospira Scraps Lethal Injection Drug


(01/31/2011)
The sole American manufacturer of an anesthetic used in lethal injections said Friday that it would cease making the drug due to international constraints.

Bids Solicited for Illinois Courthouse


(12/27/2010)
Officials in Dekalb County are seeking bids for a $14.5 million expansion of the Dekalb County Courthouse.