Monday marks exactly eight months since WBEZ requested an interview with Governor Pat Quinn to discuss prison policy. He has steadfastly refused.
The request started in June of last year when WBEZ asked Quinn to explain his decision to keep reporters out of the prison system.
WBEZ has reported extensively on deteriorating conditions, poor health care, unmonitored contracts, and Quinn’s plans to close prisons at a time of historic overcrowding. Last week his administration announced plans to start housing prisoners in gymnasiums at six already overcrowded facilities. A prison watchdog group has sharply criticized that move saying the administration doesn’t seem to have a plan to ensure that it won’t become the new status quo.
Over the last eight months, WBEZ has repeatedly asked Quinn to come on-air and explain his prison policies and plans, and has made clear to his press office that it is a standing request. That request continues to be denied.