| Feb 17, 2015
| 5:17 PM
Analysts for the state Legislature determined the state could save $20 million in private prison costs due to Proposition 47, the statewide ballot initiative voters approved in November that makes drug possession and minor theft charges misdemeanor...
| Mar 6, 2015
| 1:04 PM
In times of fiscal crisis, elected leaders realize they can't keep doing things the same way they always have. Those relatively expensive options are no longer affordable. Facing the high cost of Illinois' corrections system, Gov. Bruce Rauner says it's...
| Mar 4, 2015
| 3:00 AM
In the wrong writer's hands, an obituary can be a dull collection of biographical facts, the type of article that journalism professor William Drummond calls the "lowest common denominator" of newspaper writing.
But on this day, he hoped for something...
| Mar 3, 2015
| 9:33 AM
A transgender woman plans to appeal a $40,000 final judgment against the Orange County Jail, for being raped in a general-population cell in 2008.
The federal civil judgment became final on Feb. 27, but the woman’s attorney said he considers the...
| Mar 3, 2015
| 9:00 AM
I have no sympathy for Derrick Jones and other employees at The Baltimore City Detention Center who allowed themselves to be corrupted by the Black Guerrilla Family ("Jail supervisor, National Guardsman sentenced to 20 months in BGF case," Feb. 27).
| Feb 15, 2015
| 7:23 PM
Tony Purnell, who survived Chicago's tough Henry Horner Homes to serve in the Army and earn a college degree, had struggled for years with mental illness by the time he wound up in Cook County Jail early last year on a minor charge, unable to post the...
| Feb 16, 2015
| 7:58 AM
Kane County Correctional Officer Tom Schnitzler keeps an eye via video monitors on everything happening within the cell blocks at county jail while manning the phones, buzzing visitors through the door and handling any emergencies that come up.
| Feb 11, 2015
| 4:08 AM
The Catholic priest and the childhood friend of imprisoned Outfit hit man Frank Calabrese Sr. allegedly met at a low-key Italian restaurant tucked in a strip mall in Lake Barrington, a place with the usual dark wood and quiet booths, Sinatra crooning...
| Feb 9, 2015
| 5:09 PM
Tavon White, described by authorities as a calculating gang leader who essentially took over the Baltimore jail to smuggle drugs in cahoots with corrections officers, drew compliments from a federal judge and prosecutor at his sentencing Monday.
| Feb 10, 2015
| 4:06 AM
A bitter Drew Peterson stood in a courtroom two years ago and demanded that Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow look him in the eye.
“Never forget my face,” Peterson said as his voice shook with rage. “Never forget what...
| Jan 29, 2015
| 7:16 PM
The state's prisons and one of the most powerful politicians in the state Senate are arguing for a bill that critics say could keep any information about executions secret.
The bill also says information about the drugs and equipment used in...