Illinois’s prison watchdog, the John Howard Association, says the new leader of state prisons needs to increase transparency.
But prison reformers who worked with Gov. Bruce Rauner’s pick to lead the agency say openness isn’t John Baldwin's strong suit.
Baldwin led Iowa’s Department of Corrections before he was appointed in Illinois.
Johnie Hammond, a former state lawmaker who served two terms on the Iowa prison board, said she would give Baldwin "mixed reviews" in general but negative reviews on transparency.