inmates http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Too Easy To Qualify For Sheriff In Missouri, Sheriffs Say http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/too-easy-qualify-sheriff-missouri-sheriffs-say <p>Sheriffs from around Missouri want state lawmakers to tighten the requirements needed to become a county’s sheriff.</p><p><a href="http://www.capecountysheriff.org/page.php?id=1">Cape Girardeau County Sheriff John Jordan</a> (R)&nbsp;told a <a href="http://house.mo.gov/">State House</a> committee today that the only current requirements for potential candidates are that they are “breathing,” and can pay the $50 filing fee.&nbsp; He wants lawmakers to craft legislation that would require sheriff’s candidates to have prior law enforcement experience. Tue, 27 Nov 2012 00:23:49 +0000 Marshall Griffin 6809 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Too Easy To Qualify For Sheriff In Missouri, Sheriffs Say Population at Ill. Dept. of Corrections Reaches New High http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/population-ill-dept-corrections-reaches-new-high <p><em>Reporting from WBEZ's Robert Wildeboer.</em></p><p>Last week, the Illinois Department of Corrections broke a rather unenviable record. On Tuesday, the department housed 49,172 inmates. The previous record was sent in Oct. 2011 when the population hit 49,135.</p><p>The population has been steadily rising since Ill. Gov. Pat Quin suspended an early release program in the middle of a heated primary election against Dan Hynes two years ago. Quinn recently signed into law a new early release program that should help bring down the number but it hasn't yet been implemented.</p> Mon, 01 Oct 2012 14:32:02 +0000 WBEZ 4865 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Population at Ill. Dept. of Corrections Reaches New High Ill. wants to collect inmate's prison wages http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ill-wants-collect-inmates-prison-wages <p>The <a href="http://www.state.il.us/court/">Illinois Supreme Court</a> is considering a case that could determine whether the state can pursue wages earned by prison inmates.</p><p>Lawyers presented their arguments Tuesday.</p><p>Inmate Kensley Hawkins <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-0315-prisoner-wages-20110314,0,3847106.story">has saved about $11,000 during his 21 years in prison</a> by squirreling away the income he makes as a furniture assembler. He makes about $75 a month.</p> Tue, 15 Mar 2011 20:18:44 +0000 The Associated Press 726 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ill. wants to collect inmate's prison wages