Illinois' prison system is in crisis. It was built to house 34,000 people, but 48,000 are crowded in now. The Governor is embroiled in a legal battle over his decision to close three prisons, including one in Dwight. Conditions are deteriorating and recently released inmates say its not just unpleasant punishment, it's inhumane and abusive. Over the last several months, Illinois Public Radio member station WBEZ in Chicago has been requesting visits to two minimum security facilites, including one in Vienna, to see what taxpayers are getting for the billion dollars they spend on prisons, but Governor Quinn is refusing. IPR's Robert Wildeboer has the first of two reports.
Tuesday, Wildeboer reports on problems at the state prison in Vandalia, which watchdog members say has mold and flooding issues.
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