Inmates recently released from prisons in Illinois say they're not surprised that Governor Pat Quinn won't let reporters in to see conditions. Chris Clingingsmith just completed 7 years behind bars for driving drunk. He was in Vandalia and says prison isn't supposed to be fun, but he wouldn't even house a dog in those kinds of conditions:
"They don't want you to see firsthand what we're telling you because I have no reason to lie. I'm not in there anymore so they can't do anything to me. If you walked in there, I'm not going to exagerate you would probably just go wow, they actually house people in these areas. You would be amazed. You would think that's above and beyond punishment."
IPR member station WBEZ has been asking to visit the prison for several months but Governor Pat Quinn has said no. Quinn is currently working on closing some prisons but the union representing workers opposes those closures saying overcrowding will get worse. Illinois spends more than a billion dollars a year on prisons.
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