John Howard Association Illinois Prisons Becomes Topic In Governor's Race By Brian Mackey • Oct 1, 2014 John Howard Association of Illinois A watchdog group says whoever wins the race for governor will face difficult choices about Illinois’ prisons. The group is laying out what it’s calling a “roadmap” for overhauling crime and punishment — and wants to know where the candidates stand. Video Visitations Become An Option For Inmates And Their Families By Mike Moen • Jan 15, 2014 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. How Many Daily Meals Should Illinois Prisons Offer? By Brian Mackey • Sep 16, 2013 wbez Illinois prisons are expanding a program to feed some inmates two meals a day instead of three.