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  • Inmate killed in Cook County Jail shouldn't have been locked up there

    Inmate killed in Cook County Jail shouldn't have been locked up there
    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...
  • Sheriff's budget crisis raises questions about safety at Kane County Jail

    Sheriff's budget crisis raises questions about safety at Kane County Jail
    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. "We...
  • Rewriting private prison medical contracts right way to go

    Rewriting private prison medical contracts right way to go
    When Sen. Greg Evers, R-Baker, visited a Florida prison recently he learned that an inmate had been sent back to the facility from a hospital because the prison's private medical services contractor determined he didn't need hospital care. Evers, chair of...
  • Former state legislator Mandy Dawson freed, admits cocaine use

    Former state legislator Mandy Dawson freed, admits cocaine use
    Former state legislator Mandy Dawson, who spent several extra months in federal prison for using cocaine while on probation, was released Friday after promising she will continue to battle her addiction. "I do have issues and I take them seriously," said...
  • Cook County corrections officer charged with sexual misconduct

    Cook County corrections officer charged with sexual misconduct
    A female Cook County Jail guard has resigned after being charged with having a sexual relationship with a male inmate. Lotisha Myers, 47, was arrested Wednesday evening after a weeklong internal investigation at the jail, according to the Cook County...
  • Bid to keep Florida prison inspectors quiet sparks lawsuit

    Bid to keep Florida prison inspectors quiet sparks lawsuit
    TALLAHASSEE — An attempt by Florida's new prisons chief to keep investigators from discussing what's going on inside the state's troubled prison system has sparked a lawsuit. An attorney representing six Corrections Department employees asked a...
  • Priest to go on trial on charges he passed on messages from Chicago mobster

    Priest to go on trial on charges he passed on messages from Chicago mobster
    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...
  • Former gang leader at center of jail scandal sentenced

    Former gang leader at center of jail scandal sentenced
    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. U.S....
  • Drew Peterson's hit man charge echoes 2012 rant against prosecutor

    Drew Peterson's hit man charge echoes 2012 rant against prosecutor
    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...
  • What's next for City Farm

    The City Prison Farm, a minimum-security correctional facility in Newport News, served a valuable purpose for decades. But time has taken its toll and, according to a consultant's report, the price tag of needed repairs may not be worth taxpayers'...
  • Detention center workers accused of organizing fight that left juvenile inmate injured

    Detention center workers accused of organizing fight that left juvenile inmate injured
    A fight that left a juvenile at a West Palm Beach detention center with a possible broken eye socket and broken nose was organized by employees, according to a Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office arrest report. Youth Counselor David Croney, 40, of...