Beginning in the 1970s with harsher sentences for drug offenses and then in the 90s with truth in sentencing laws prison populations soared. In the last forty years the prison census in the U.S. rose from 250,000 inmates to more than 2.3 million. And yet, in Illinois more than half the people who leave prison are back in the clink within three years. WGLT's Charlie Schlenker talks with IWU's Martin Luther King Speaker about the state of prisons and hopes for change....
Hear more on the problem of elderly inmates.
John Maki enlarges on the new parole risk assessment tool
John Howard Association Director John Maki speaks at Illinois Wesleyan University Monday afternoon and at the Normal Public Library in the evening (1p.m. and 7p.m.)
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