Illinois Department of Corrections

Illinois to improve conditions at youth prisons

Sep 12, 2012
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Illinoisis promising to improve safety at its youth prisons and offer inmates better educational and mental health services.  The Department of Juvenile Justice agreed to the improvements after the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois threatened to sue.  The two sides plan to ask a federal judge today to approve their plan, which calls for investigators to study youth prisons for six months and then recommend changes.  The Department of Juvenile Justice houses about 1,000 children and teenagers.  Watchdog groups say many don't get a decent education or proper treatment for mental illn


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Illinois officials have moved eight of the state's more volatile criminals from the supermax Tamms penitentiary. The move occurred yesterday, part of Governor Pat Quinn's plan to close Tamms and one other major prison.  The same day, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees filed a lawsuit to stop the transfers.  The union for Illinois’ corrections workers wants the state to negotiate how moving dangerous criminals will affect them.

The Illinois Department of Corrections has begun checking prison guards for contraband as they leave work. Seven Illinois prisons conducted shakedowns of their corrections officers last week. The guards and their union claim the searches are retaliation against employees who spoke out about crowded conditions and plans to close Illinois’ supermax prison at Tamms. The guards said they’ve never been searched before. A Department of Corrections spokeswoman said the searches are routine and designed to halt the flow of contraband that includes cell phones as well as drugs and weapons.