Illinois Department of Corrections

8:12 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Inmate Escapes Vandalia Correctional Center, Found Nearby

Booking photo of Marcus Battice

The Illinois Department of Corrections is still investigating how an inmate escaped from the Vandalia Correctional Center last week. Investigators talked with more than 100 people to determine how Marcus Battice broke out of the minimum-security facility.

Corrections spokesman Tom Shaer says that'll continue for a while; anyone in contact with Battice in the weeks leading up to his escape must be interviewed. The department has concluded it does NOT need to change what it does to prevent escapes.

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Public Safety
4:13 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Video Visitations Become An Option For Inmates And Their Families

Illinois prisons will soon offer video visitations for inmates. A watchdog says it could be beneficial. But it has concerns about how the trend is playing out in county jails.

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Public Safety
6:38 am
Mon September 16, 2013

How Many Daily Meals Should Illinois Prisons Offer?

Credit wbez

Illinois prisons are expanding a program to feed some inmates two meals a day instead of three.

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