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.
Nixon Signs Bill to Connect Prisons, Hospitals to Local FoodMissouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation to expand a state program aimed at serving locally grown food in school cafeterias.
More Parolees Released in Ill. with Far Less Funding for ProgramsThe number of Illinois inmates released on parole has increased as lawmakers look to reduce the prison population, but funding to help those parolees stay out of trouble has dropped dramatically during the state's budget crisis.
160 Released Federal Prisoners Headed to St. LouisLocal chief federal probation officer says release should not cause "high degree of concern."
Anti-Defamation League Sounds Warning About White Supremacists in Mo. Prisons"The reality is, they can do enormous damage as a single individual, and that's what is worth paying attention to."
Ill. Lawmaker Asks for Prisoners' Compassionate ReleaseAn Illinois lawmaker is looking for ways to shorten prison sentences for federal inmates.
Quinn Gets Go-Ahead to Close Illinois PrisonsQuinn said in a news release late Wednesday that an Alexander County Judge dissolved an injunction stopping the closures.
Closing Tamms Prison Means Changes at Pontiac Facility to Handle InmatesPrison workers say making room for them means moving segregated Pontiac inmates into cells together. Workers say that's potentially dangerous for inmates.
Durbin Concerned About Prison OvercrowdingThe U.S. leads the world in this category, in terms of incarceration per 100,000 residents.
Lawmakers Speak Out Against Closing Ill. PrisonsIllinois lawmakers aren't giving up their fight against Gov. Pat Quinn's plan to close prisons and juvenile facilities.
Quinn Can Close Prisons, But Can't Reuse MoneyHe needs legislative authority to shift the money.
Quinn Closing Prisons Against Lawmakers' WishesGov. Pat Quinn revealed Tuesday that he is closing state prisons in Tamms and Dwight