VIDEO: Inmates Plead For Help In Sweltering HeatThe inmates were trying to get visitors' attention by calling out for help, reportedly, because there's no air conditioning in the building.
Lawmakers Say Missouri Inmates Should Keep Cable TV ChannelsThe committee largely opposed the idea, saying the inmates earned the money and the cable could be used as a disciplinary tool by being turned off.
Obama Issues Pardons, Commutations in Missouri-Related CasesSix federal inmates serving time in Missouri-related drug cases are getting their sentences shortened by President Barack Obama, and three others got pardons.
Illinois Governor Signs Law Giving IDs to Released InmatesIllinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation ensuring that people released from prison receive a valid state identification card before departing.
Appeals Court Rules Against Missouri in Execution Drug Case8th U.S. Circuit Court rejected Missouri's claim that disclosing how it gets its pentobarbital could compromise its ability to obtain such chemicals for future executions.
Illinois Seeks to Limit Use of Solitary ConfinementAs many as 82,000 inmates are in solitary on any given day, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Protesters Want to Shut Down Local Jail for Gladiator FightsFrankie Edwards spent two years inside the medium security jail on Hall Street and says he was forced to take part in fights between inmates, arranged by guards.
Missouri Inmates Have Chance at Release after Court RulingThe state Supreme Court hasn't yet ruled on a prior case in which appeals were exhausted.
McCulloch Warns of Possible Crime Increase, Released InmatesAbout 6,000 inmates will soon be released early from federal prisons nationwide and St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch is concerned crime may increase.
Task Force Examining Work Conditions at Jackson County JailA task force examining problems at the Jackson County Detention Center is focusing primarily on work conditions such as mandatory overtime that might have led to inmate abuse.
Illinois Prison Population Down, Still OvercrowdedGovernor Rauner wants to reduce the number of prisoners by 25 percent over the next decade.
Judge: Chicago Jail's Newspaper Ban Violates 1st Amendment A federal judge in Chicago has ruled that a long-standing ban on all newspapers at one of the nation's largest jails violates inmates' right to free speech.

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