Tag: inmates

Hunger strike at Pontiac prison enters third week

Hunger strike at Pontiac prison enters third week
Cleaning supplies, sanitary toenail clippers, radios, fresh air and heat. These were among the initial demands of a group of prisoners on hunger strike at Pontiac Correctional Center. At its peak, 47 inmates were on hunger strike when the protest began Feb. 4, according to the Uptown People’s Law Center. Two days later, 25 prisoners... Read more »

Cook County opens new jail for pregnant inmates

The nation’s fastest growing prison population? Moms, according to a recent study–many of them expectant mothers. That is why Cook County decided to open a special unit just for pregnant inmates, providing them with the prenatal care and help with parenting skills they need to raise healthy children. Losing a mom to incarceration often starts... Read more »