Illinois jails are filling to the brim as the prison population reaches 49,000, an increase of 3,000 from last year. With more prisoners being crammed into the same amount of space, overcrowding has become an issue. Prisoners are doubling up in cells, and in one prison 100 inmates have been stuffed into basement area with dormitory-style bunks 2 feet apart.
Also in the news...
- While the Illinois Department of Corrections can't pay its bills for soap and paper goods, funds for the Neighorhood Recovery Initiative have begun to trickle into targeted neighborhoods. This money is going to fund violence prevention efforts through various services offered in the neighborhoods.
- While the Put Illinois to Work jobs program is set to expire next week, the U.S. Senate did not authorize new funding for it.
- Erin's Law, a bill designed to prevent child sexual abuse, unanimously passed the Illinois Senate in May and passed the House last week.
- Former U.S. Sen. Roland Burris entered the crowded playing field for mayor this week, followed by the tenant living in Rahm Emanuel's house.
-Compiled by Louis McGill