A federal judge has ordered the Illinois Department of Corrections to provide mental health to inmates on "crisis watches" in segregated cells.

Illinois prisons officials have told state lawmakers that they need an extra $420 million to get through the rest of the budget year.

IDOC Funding Shortage Reaches Critical Level

Apr 12, 2018
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The Illinois Department of Corrections says a major cash crunch has it struggling to keep its facilities running. The warning came Wednesday at a Senate budget hearing. But some Democratic lawmakers say that was the first time they were hearing the situation was so dire. Illinois Public Radio's Mary Hansen explains.

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The Rockford native committed a sex crime, and in order to get out of prison he has to meet the state’s long list of rigid parole requirements for those convicted of predatory criminal sexual assault. He could remain behind bars for the rest of his life if he doesn’t find appropriate housing. For Lindenmeier, that means finding a place to live where, among other things, he is away from children and has no internet-accessible devices like smartphones and smart TVs.

  CHICAGO - A federal judge has ruled a lawsuit against the Illinois Department of Corrections alleging inadequate health care in prisons may cover all inmates with serious medical needs in every state facility.

     The ruling by U.S. District Judge Jorge Alonso means thousands of inmates could be affected by the class-action lawsuit.

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Governor Bruce Rauner wants a private employer to take over 120 nursing jobs from state prisons. But the Illinois Senate passed legislation that would block the plan on Wed.

KEWANEE, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois Department of Corrections is opening its first facility for offenders nearing the end of their sentences where they can learn important life skills.


The Illinois Department of Corrections' director says staff at the major women's prison needs training on how to work with female inmates.  John Baldwin responded to a federally funded study of Logan Correctional Center in Lincoln that found women there are treated more harshly than men and end up spending more time behind bars than necessary. 

Assault at Pontiac Prison Highlights Recurring Trend

Aug 22, 2016
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The union that represents corrections officers is calling for increased security measures following an assault in an Illinois state prison.

An Illinois Department of Corrections spokeswoman says last night, inmates injured six guards at Pontiac maximum security prison.

Eddie Caumiant is the liason between prison workers and the state employee union.

He says the assault - by five inmates - was the culmination of a troubling trend of violence at the downstate facility.

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CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a package of legislation involving criminal justice, saying the system needs to be approached "with more compassion."

The Republican governor signed the five bills Monday morning at an Illinois Department of Corrections adult transition center on Chicago's West Side.

Rauner's office says the measures are aimed at reducing recidivism and helping low-level offenders. Rauner says the state needs to be "balancing punishment with rehabilitation and not needlessly tearing families and lives apart."

 PONTIAC, Ill. (AP) - A prison in central Illinois has been placed on lockdown while state officials investigate the assault of six employees by five inmates.

Illinois Department of Corrections spokeswoman Nicole Wilson said Monday that the Pontiac Correctional Center is on lockdown following the incident Sunday and will remain on lockdown until the department has finished its investigation.

She didn't say what a lockdown at the facility entails. The prison's website says no visitors are allowed.The six employees who were assaulted have been treated for non-life threatening injuries and released from the hospital.

Several IDOC Officers Injured in Pontiac Assault

Aug 22, 2016
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An Illinois Department of Corrections spokeswoman says six officers have been injured by inmates at the maximum-security prison in Pontiac. IDOC spokeswoman Nicole Wilson said in a brief statement that the correctional officers were treated for injuries that are not life-threatening after the incident Sunday at the Pontiac Correctional Center.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - New state data show that the number of people incarcerated in Illinois prisons has fallen in recent years but facilities still remain overcrowded. The most recent report on Illinois Department of Corrections facilities shows the agency held 47, 483 inmates in May. That's the lowest in five years when the department reported 47,150 inmates behind bars. The peak was in January 2013 with more than 49,320 inmates. The state prison system's facilities are designed to house 32,000 prisoners. Gov.

 SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Gov. Bruce Rauner has named an acting director of the Illinois Department of Corrections to replace an appointed director who resigned two months into the job.     Gladyse C. Taylor had been an agency adviser and an acting director in previous years. Corrections spokeswoman Nicole Wilson confirmed on Tuesday that Taylor had been named to the acting director post and cited her role in planning and funding the department's treatment programs.

IDOC official resigns

Jun 11, 2013

A top official at the Illinois Department of Corrections has resigned following allegations of sexual harassment. Department spokesman Tom Shaer says two investigations focused on Deputy Director Ty Bates were launched about two months ago. He resigned after the investigations concluded and punishment, including suspension, was announced.

State frees 120 inmates on early release

May 7, 2013

The Illinois Department of Corrections has freed 120 inmates as part of a new early-release program. But the director of the department says letting more inmates out is not the answer to overcrowding in prisons.