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Missouri sheriffs
6:23 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Too Easy To Qualify For Sheriff In Missouri, Sheriffs Say

Cape Girardeau Co. Sheriff John Jordan (R) testifies before the Mo. House Interim Committee on Operations of the Office of Sheriff on Nov. 26th, 2012.
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Sheriffs from around Missouri want state lawmakers to tighten the requirements needed to become a county’s sheriff.

Cape Girardeau County Sheriff John Jordan (R) told a State House committee today that the only current requirements for potential candidates are that they are “breathing,” and can pay the $50 filing fee.  He wants lawmakers to craft legislation that would require sheriff’s candidates to have prior law enforcement experience.

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Ill. Prison Population
9:32 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Population at Ill. Dept. of Corrections Reaches New High

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Reporting from WBEZ's Robert Wildeboer.

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.

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.

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Illinois Inmate Wages
3:18 pm
Tue March 15, 2011

Ill. wants to collect inmate's prison wages

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The Illinois Supreme Court is considering a case that could determine whether the state can pursue wages earned by prison inmates.

Lawyers presented their arguments Tuesday.

Inmate Kensley Hawkins has saved about $11,000 during his 21 years in prison by squirreling away the income he makes as a furniture assembler. He makes about $75 a month.

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