The Quinn Administration appears to be changing its tune on allowing reporters inside state prisons. Previous requests had been turned down for what were termed security precautions. But a news release from the Governor's staff today says the Department of Corrections is working to schedule media tours of prisons.
The prisons tours will be held starting next month and into January at three locations, prisons in Vienna, Vandalia and Pontiac. It says access will remain at the Corrections Director's discretion. The policy shift comes after news this week that a group of community college students were allowed to tour the Pontiac prison. The Agency says they were only allowed in administrative areas, not where inmates are held.
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