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Welcome to ILLINOIS PRISON TALK, www.illinoisprisontalk.org - A Family Support Forum and Information Center for those interacting with the Illinois Department of Corrections. IPT members are comprised of family/friends of inmates, prison reform activists, ex-offenders, prisoner rights advocates and others interested in the well-being of Illinois prisoners. We encourage open discussion but please be tolerant of other's opinions. This website is protected by Copyright 2006-2017. All rights reserved. There are some private forums that require registration, please register.

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ILLINOIS PRISON NEWS / Re: Kewanee Opening
« Last post by willied on March 28, 2017, 04:04:11 PM »
My L/O heard that he was in the 2nd set of review.     

ILLINOIS PRISON NEWS / Re: Kewanee Opening
« Last post by Father on March 28, 2017, 01:02:18 AM »
Son still hasn't heard anything.  But he has less than 6 months in the system with a little over 3 years left. 

We are still hopeful
ILLINOIS PRISON NEWS / Re: Kewanee Opening
« Last post by ERwife on March 24, 2017, 10:18:49 PM »
Any updates about your LOs at Kewanee or from those that have applied???? My husband has been waiting a month and getting anxious.  I dont know if "no news is good news" when it comes to this.
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS / Re: mail at menard and stateville
« Last post by zachsmom on March 24, 2017, 07:10:56 AM »
You stated you talked to both prisons. Did you talk to the mail rooms? It's been my experience that when somethings been sent that isn't allowed, they inform my loved one and the reason why, and then give him the option of throwing it away, or sending it back, on his dime. If he opts to send it back, they take it off his books.
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS / mail at menard and stateville
« Last post by mrsk97279 on March 23, 2017, 05:16:57 PM »
It is ludicrous I even have to ask. My LO was denied a package for valentines day...2 sports magazines, 14 letters for V-Day and a card from his son, nothing spectacular. It was mailed january 12th. He got a notice that it was denied and being sent back to me Feb 18th. I STILL have not received this back from Stateville.

He transferred to Menard on Feb 23rd. He has YET to receive ANY mail. We send 3-4 letters a WEEK.

Who can I talk to about these issues? I already contacted both prisons and they were NO help at all. 
« Last post by Forevermah on March 23, 2017, 06:58:23 AM »
My grandson was transferred today from pontiac to Vienna. My question is will he be able to access his commissary money immediately so he can shop? If we put money on tonight will it be available for him?

They will forward his money, but it might take a little bit to get there.. He will eventually be able to use it..   You can put more in for him, as long as he is listed now in Vienna and that money he should be able to use once he is allowed to go to commissary at Vienna.
« Last post by LynnW on March 22, 2017, 08:20:53 PM »
My grandson was transferred today from pontiac to Vienna. My question is will he be able to access his commissary money immediately so he can shop? If we put money on tonight will it be available for him?
« Last post by Forevermah on March 22, 2017, 03:21:58 PM »
Who I can contact to verify if he is next on the list? Also he made time at county jail, they are going to add it if they decide he violated the parole? Thank you for your help

The PRB will be able to tell you if he is on the list or not.
ILLINOIS PRISON NEWS / 124 Illinois Prison Nurses get LayOff Notices
« Last post by Forevermah on March 22, 2017, 02:58:28 PM »
124 Illinois prison nurses get layoff notices
John O'Connor
Associated Press
Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration has told 124 Illinois prison nurses that their jobs are being privatized, a move their union blasted Tuesday as retaliation for its rejection of a contract offer last year.

Nurses stationed at 12 state prisons will be dismissed on June 15, two days after the contract nurses are hired, according to a letter obtained by The Associated Press that the prison system's labor chief sent this week to the Illinois Nurses Association.

Alice Johnson, the association's executive director, noted the notice came just days after the union filed an unfair labor practices complaint with state regulators, claiming the first-term Republican governor has reneged on his obligation to negotiate contract terms in good faith. She said members overwhelmingly rejected a tentative agreement last spring and Rauner is retaliating.

"It's an attempt to bully and intimidate the nurses, and it's not going to work," Johnson told the AP.

She said the move is particularly troublesome because of a nationwide shortage of nurses that forces Illinois prison nurses to sometimes work 80-hour weeks while vacant positions go unfilled.

Nicole Wilson, spokeswoman for the Department of Corrections, said privatizing the posts would save $8 million a year and "streamline the delivery of medical services." Medical care vendor Wexford Health Sources provides the rest of the prison network's nurses.

"Wexford is prepared to hire most of the nurses who will be impacted by the layoff," Wilson said. "The department will work with those who wish to remain employed with the state and will ... identify nursing vacancies within other state agencies."

Rauner, a private equity investor serving in public office for the first time, campaigned on cutting off union power in a solidly Democratic state and has clashed repeatedly with organized labor. He is engaged in a long court and public relations battle with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, whose 38,000 members have authorized a strike, if necessary, for the first time in its 40-year history.

Illinois also is engaged in the nation's longest state budget standoff since World War II. The governor has demanded business-boosting and anti-union regulatory changes, a property tax freeze and limits on politicians' power from Democrats who control the Legislature in exchange for an annual spending plan to slice into a multibillion-dollar deficit and $13 billion in overdue bills.

The Illinois Nurses Association represents 3,500 nurses statewide, including 1,200 Illinois government employees. Johnson noted that Wexford has been the subject of dozens of federal lawsuits alleging substandard care. She argued that a private contractor's nurses aren't subject to the same supervisory oversight as a government worker. And she said a private contractor's profit motive could interfere with decisions about staffing and quality of care.

Nationally, studies show a large pool of nurses is ready to retire in the next five years. At the same time, prison populations are aging and care is becoming more specialized.

The letter from Corrections labor relations chief Ed Jackson declared the last INA contract, which expired June 30, 2015, as void. But Johnson said both sides signed an agreement to follow that expired pact's terms until a new deal is inked. She said the union will await the state Labor Relations Board's decision on its complaint.

Legislation requiring a cost comparison between public and contracted nurses be prepared before any contract employees are hired won General Assembly approval last spring. But Rauner used amendatory veto power to change the measure. It died when lawmakers took no further action.

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