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Katie Finlon / WNIJ

The Illinois Senate this week takes up a measure placing a nickel-a-minute cap on the rates charged to prison inmates for phone calls.

     

State Representative Carol Ammons’ bill cleared the House last week.  The Urbana Democrat says Illinois makes 12-million dollars a year from those calls… more than any other state.   

A new measure would force people to get state IDs when they’re released from the Illinois Department of Corrections.

It took Deangelo Hampton two months to get an ID after he was released from prison.

“They talking about you can use your jail stuff to get state IDs, that’s just a lie,” Hampton said. “We went through a lot.”

The state doesn’t allow prisoners to use their release papers to prove their identity. Many former prisoners don’t have their birth certificate or social security card.

flickr user / Michael Coghlan "Prison Bars" (CC BY-SA 2.0)

The number of Illinois inmates released on parole has increased as lawmakers look to reduce the prison population.

But funding to help parolees stay out of trouble has dropped dramatically because of the state budget crisis.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports the number of parolees has grown 14 percent in the past four years, to more than 28,000.

The newspaper reports the largest concentration of parolees is living on Chicago's west side.

Blagojevich's First Year In Prison

Mar 16, 2013
photo: wikipedia

Former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich reported into a Colorado prison one year ago this month to start his 14-year sentence. He began serving out that sentence following his conviction on federal corruption charges. State legislators say they hope the governor is reflecting on his mistakes.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

An Illinois judge is citing "safety concerns" in his order keeping Governor Pat Quinn from moving forward with plans to close two Illinois prisons.

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