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Prisoner Reentry in Illinois
« on: April 03, 2006, 08:31:57 PM »
This report is a couple years old, but it's rather interesting.

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Re: Prisoner Reentry in Illinois
« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2006, 09:17:04 PM »
Here are links for several other reentry studies concerning chicago and communities.  One is about the experiences of inmates reentering society.


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Re: Prisoner Reentry in Illinois
« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2006, 03:28:07 PM »
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This may not at first seem like a re-entry post but when you utilized this particular site I am about to give you, it will reveal itself as a very useful tool in researching re-entry initiatives around the country.

http://www.trexy.com Is a multiple search engine that combines its searches for websites, books and news all at the same time.  What this gives you in one fell swoop (where did this phrase come from anyway? "Fell swoop")  is the ability to select "re-entry initiatives" and you will get in a singular report,  multiple sources in several different categories. 

Example:  Look what I found...

Security status change excited Marion prison staff

by ashley wiehle, the southern

MARION - Although new inmates will not begin moving in for several months, the atmosphere at the Marion federal penitentiary is "ecstatic" following the announcement of a downgraded security status, according to a prison official.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons last week announced the U.S. Penitentiary in Marion would be changing from high-security inmates to medium-security. The Marion penitentiary has housed some of the country's most notorious criminals since opening its doors in 1963 as the facility set to replace the legendary Alcatraz.

Criminals who require lessened security will begin moving into the Marion facility in the coming months, said Kevin Murphy, public information officer for the Marion penitentiary.

Not surprisingly, it's a change that is being wholeheartedly embraced by staff, Murphy said.

"I believe the staff are looking forward to the change," Murphy said. "It will be a much less violent population. That is not to say there won't be some problems associated with the population, but relative to where we are today, those occurrences or incidents will be diminished."

At the current high-security facility, prisoners are serving an average of 19.5-year terms, Murphy said. Under the new population, that average will drop to 10 years.

"Under Marion's current operation, we house some of the nation's most violent, aggressive, escape-prone and dangerous inmates in the country," Murphy said. "We will no longer serve that mission."

Marion Mayor Bob Butler said the city of Marion has never suffered a stigma for being home to a prison that once housed Mafioso John Gotti and former Panamanian general Manuel Noriega. Rather, Butler said the prison has brought a certain quirky notoriety to the city.

"In the beginning, they said this is the prison that is taking the place of Alcatraz," Butler said of the prison that was built in Marion the year he took office. "People immediately think of the rock in the middle of the water and the hardened criminals. They were transported to Marion and, once in a while, you can hear reference made to Marion's maximum-security prison."

Murphy said it is with credit to the staff that the high-security prison in Marion has performed so well with so few incidents.

"We're very proud of our staff," Murphy said. "We're already meeting with them and the local union, because we understand that this is going to take a team effort to make this transition. We are very confident that we're going to do so with grace and poise, and our staff will step up to the plate as they have so many times in the past."

That dedicated staff number will fortunately remain untouched, Murphy said.

"We're pleased to announce there will be no job loss," Murphy said. "There will be a reduction in staffing over the next few years, but that will be achieved through attrition - transfers, retirement. We were extremely pleased with the news, and our staff is ecstatic that they will continue working here at USP Marion."

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