prisons http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Commentary: What Is The Point Of Prison? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/commentary-what-point-prison <p>The saga of Mike Anderson, a man convicted of armed robbery 13 years ago and amazingly never put in prison (except for a few months at the time he should have been released), is seemingly at an end. A circuit judge decided that making Anderson serve his sentence would “serve no purpose” and released him to live the rest of his life a free man.</p><p>The series of events raises troubling questions on the front end of the Missouri criminal justice system: How could a person guilty of a serious crime be able to escape punishment without anyone noticing?</p> Tue, 06 May 2014 16:26:51 +0000 Chad Flanders 35893 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Commentary: What Is The Point Of Prison? Illinois Sends $7 Million To Prison Diversion Program http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/illinois-sends-7-million-prison-diversion-program <p><span style="line-height: 115%; font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 11pt; mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;"><span style="line-height: 115%; font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 11pt; mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-farea Sun, 29 Dec 2013 20:29:07 +0000 Kelly MacNeil 32628 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Illinois Sends $7 Million To Prison Diversion Program Chairs-To-Art Program Helps Transform Lives Of Former Female Prisoners In St. Louis http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/chairs-art-program-helps-transform-lives-former-female-prisoners-st-louis <p><em>A local program re-purposing broken chairs helps heal women with criminal convictions as they prepare to re-enter society.</em><br /><br />The hit TV series <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2372162">“Orange Is the New Black”</a> explores the lives of women behind bars. But even after their release, orange remains an important color to some of St. Louis' former female inmates. So do purple, green and the entire rainbow.<br /> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 05:52:13 +0000 Nancy Fowler 32252 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Chairs-To-Art Program Helps Transform Lives Of Former Female Prisoners In St. Louis Incarcerated Parents Could Spend More Time With Their Kids Under Program Advanced In Mo. House http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/incarcerated-parents-could-spend-more-time-their-kids-under-program-advanced-mo-house <p>Incarcerated parents in Missouri could spend more time with their children under a bill given first-round approval by the Missouri House.<br>&nbsp;<br>The legislation endorsed Monday would set up a test program that would provide transportation for children who live more than 50 miles away from their parent's prison to visit them.<br>&nbsp;<br>Two Missouri men's prisons and two women's prisons would be selected for the program's trial. The Department of Corrections would have to submit a final report on the program's effect in 2017.<br>&nbsp; Tue, 09 Apr 2013 14:45:08 +0000 The Associated Press 25249 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Incarcerated Parents Could Spend More Time With Their Kids Under Program Advanced In Mo. House Some Illinois Prisons, Facilities May Close As Budget Cuts Stand http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/some-illinois-prisons-facilities-may-close-budget-cuts-stand <p>Gov. Pat Quinn's budget cuts that will force the closure of some prisons and other state facilities will stand.</p><p>The Illinois House didn't consider an override vote Wednesday before adjourning on the last day of veto session. A spokesman for House Speaker Michael Madigan says the speaker didn't think it was necessary action to take.</p><p>Last week, the Senate voted to reject cuts of $56 million to funds for the Tamms high-security prison and other sites.</p><p>Quinn opposed the override.</p> Wed, 05 Dec 2012 20:18:49 +0000 The Associated Press 7076 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Some Illinois Prisons, Facilities May Close As Budget Cuts Stand Appeals Court Ruling Keeps Prisons Open - For Now http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/appeals-court-ruling-keeps-prisons-open-now <p></p><p>Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn can't proceed with plans to close prisons - at least for now.</p><p></p><p>A state appeals court has denied his administration's request to dissolve a temporary restraining order that prevented him from closing prisons in Tamms and Dwight, three halfway houses and juvenile detention centers in Joliet and Murphysboro.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The Fifth District Appellate Court entered its order on Wednesday, and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees received it on Friday.</p><p></p> Sat, 17 Nov 2012 19:26:36 +0000 The Associated Press 6547 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Appeals Court Ruling Keeps Prisons Open - For Now Morning headlines: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-tuesday-september-18-2012 <p><strong>Proposed amendment to appear on November ballot</strong></p><p>A Missouri appeals court panel has upheld the ballot summary for a <a href="http://sos.mo.gov/elections/2012ballot/">proposed constitutional amendment</a> that would change the process for selecting appellate judges.</p><p>In its ruling Monday, a three-judge panel of the Western District Court of Appeals certified the summary that voters will see on the November ballot.</p> Tue, 18 Sep 2012 14:21:21 +0000 Tina Eaton & The Associated Press 4635 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 Over 49,000 in Ill. prisons, 'all-time high' claim disputed http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/over-49000-ill-prisons-all-time-high-claim-disputed <p><strong>Updated 3:25 p.m.</strong>&nbsp;<em>to show denial of all-time statistic.</em><br><br>The number of people locked up in Illinois prisons has hit an all-time high while Gov. Pat Quinn <a href="http://www.news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-tuesday-september-4-2012">battles with state employees </a>over closing several correctional facilities.</p><p>State records analyzed by The Associated Press show the population hit 49,154 over the weekend. That's 19 inmates more than the Corrections Department's previous record, set on Oct. 6, 2011.</p><p></p> Mon, 17 Sep 2012 19:48:19 +0000 The Associated Press 4625 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Over 49,000 in Ill. prisons, 'all-time high' claim disputed Morning headlines: Tuesday, September 4, 2012 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-tuesday-september-4-2012 <p><strong>Legal fight between Quinn and Union continues</strong></p><p>The legal fight between Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and the union that represents prisons workers continues this week.</p><p>Quinn had wanted the prisons closed by last Friday. Instead that day an arbitrator said the administration violated its contract with the prison workers' union by moving to close the facilities before they'd finished what's called "impact bargaining."</p><p>Union spokesman Anders Lindall says impact bargaining doesn't only affect employees facing layoffs.</p> Tue, 04 Sep 2012 14:28:19 +0000 Julie Bierach, The Associated Press & Illinois Public Radio 4480 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Tuesday, September 4, 2012 Illinois looks for inmates collecting unemployment http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/illinois-looks-inmates-collecting-unemployment <p>The Illinois Department of Employment Security says it has started checking the roll of people receiving unemployment benefits for those who might be ineligible because they&#39;re in jail.<br />&nbsp; Wed, 11 Jul 2012 03:30:30 +0000 The Associated Press 4095 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Illinois looks for inmates collecting unemployment