Dental floss may prevent toothaches, but it's given jailers plenty of headaches.

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 A program that aims to put prisoners returning to Rockford on the right path may hinge on conversations with the state.

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The Obama administration plans to buy an Illinois prison that at one point was considered for housing Guantanamo prisoners with Republican lawmakers now claiming the purchase would open the door for ultimately carrying out the Guantanamo transfer.
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The state’s largest employee union filed a lawsuit Thursday seeking to block Gov. Pat Quinn’s plan to close several adult and juvenile prisons, citing safety concerns.

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States, in an attempt to cut costs, are increasingly outsourcing health care for inmates to for-profit companies, but the trend is raising concerns among unions and prisoners’ rights groups. 

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At least nine Illinois prison inmates could be moved to facilities outside of the state. 

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The Illinois Department of Employment Security has started checking the roll of people receiving unemployment benefits to find those who might be ineligible because they’re in jail.

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Tuesday, 01 November 2011 16:13

Ministry offers ex-inmates avenue for change

The former roadhouse does more than house people needing a place to stay. It's a 10-month stopping point for many former prison inmates wanting to turn their lives around.

"Every man deserves a second chance," says Peter Schneider, director of Jesus is the Way Prison Ministries.

The ministry works with paroled prison inmates and attempts to give them not only new skills for life but a change from the inside out. "The real satisfaction to me is seeing a man's life changed," Schneider said.

He visits eight Illinois prisons, including one federal prison, and intermittently four county jails on a regular basis — not trying to drum up business but to tell inmates something many have never heard before, about the way of salvation through Christ. "We don't take offerings in the joint. We rely on donations from outside," including a fundraising banquet, Schneider said.

The men can't just show up at the door and ask for a room. Inmates must be paroled to the ministry after an intense application and interview process.

Roger Adkins of Pontiac was one of those who was accepted after initially being turned down. He soon realized the place wasn't for him.

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September 29, 2011

The federal prison system, grappling with a rise in officer misconduct investigations, should devise a plan to better assess job candidates to eliminate potentially unsuitable applicants, a U.S. Justice Department watchdog report concluded.

The report, published today by the DOJ’s inspector general office, examined the hiring practice at the federal Bureau of Prisons amid the increasing number of misconduct investigations and arrests.

The prison bureau's internal affairs office opened more than 4,600 misconduct investigations last year, double the number from a decade ago. Thirty-four corrections officers were arrested in fiscal year 2010, up from 18 reported arrests in 2001.

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Eleven year moratorium on death penalty will officially transition into abolition after expected bill-signing today


Illinois-Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn has said he supports capital punishment if it's fairly applied, but one of his Republican predecessors felt so uneasy about the state's power to mete out the ultimate punishment that he placed a moratorium on executions that has lasted for the past 11 years.

On Wednesday, Quinn plans to abolish Illinois' death penalty at a signing ceremony in his capital offices, according to two sponsors of the legislation, State Rep. Karen Yarbrough and state Sen. Kwame Raoul, who said they were invited to witness the event.

"It's going to happen," Raoul said.

Quinn's signature would make Illinois the 16th state without capital punishment when it takes effect July 1. But a decision to sign has not come easily.

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