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Inmates Allege Jailer Put Pepper Spray on Pizza

Franklin County Sheriff Gary Toelke says four inmates complained of pain in their mouths and stomachs after they ate the pizza from an area restaurant on Tuesday.


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Knox County Wants to Sell E-Cigarettes to Inmates

The sheriff said he hopes offering e-cigarettes will help stop inmates from smuggling in real cigarettes.



Sheriff: Woman Brought Cocaine into Illinois Jail

Kelsey Elizabeth Lewis, 24, was charged Friday with bringing contraband into a penal institution and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.


St. Clair County Jail in Belleville, Illinois (KMOX/Brad Choat)

Another Lawsuit Over County Jail’s Strip Search Policy

Two more former inmates of a southern Illinois jail are suing over strip searches they claim were unconstitutional.


African asylum seekers, who entered Israel illegally via Egypt, lean at the fence of the Holot detention centre in Israel's southern Negev Desert, on February 17, 2014 as they join other migrants who came to protest outside the detention facility.  The Israeli government has opened last year the sprawling Holot detention facility to house both new entrants and immigrants already in the country deemed to have disturbed public order. Tens of thousands of migrants, mostly Eritrean and Sudanese, have been staging mass demonstrations in the country against moves by the Israeli authorities to track them down and deport them, or throw them into detention facilities without trial.  AFP PHOTO/JACK GUEZ        (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Durbin: Smarter not Harsher Penalties for Drug Crimes

Illinois Senator wants a more improved penalty for drugs.


File photo of a prison cell. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

St. Louis Announces “Warrant Forgiveness”

A new “warrant forgiveness” program allows people to clear a warrant without immediately going to jail.


File photo of a jail cell. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

East St. Louis Woman Jailed for School-Skipping Kids

One of her first graders racked up nearly 90 unexcused absences during the 2012-2013 school year.



2 Southern Illinois Jails Allowing E-Cigarettes

So far White County and Saline County are letting inmates use the nicotine-infused vapor inhalers.


File photo of a prison cell. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

St. Louis Jailers Accused of Setting up “Gladiator Style” Fights Expected to Plead

Elvis Howard and Dexter Brinson are expected to plead guilty to charges they took one inmate out of his cell and put him in a different cell.


ACLU Sues Mo. Jail Over Mail Confiscation

The American Civil Liberties Union alleges that Morgan County officials are violating people’s constitutional rights by confiscating mail sent to jail detainees.




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