WBEZ | Jessica Pupovac http://www.wbez.org/tags/jessica-pupovac Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en The cost of caring for Illinois' aging prison population http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/cost-caring-illinois-aging-prison-population <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//elderly inmates.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Illinois&rsquo; prisons are strapped for cash and caring for the growing number of elderly prisoners is part of the problem. Inmates over 50 are a fairly small slice of the overall prison population. But according to a <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/illinois-prisons-budget-elderly-old-inmates/Content?oid=3013140" target="_blank">new report</a> released Wednesday in the Chicago Reader, they use about one-third of the <a href="http://www.idoc.state.il.us/" target="_blank">Illinois Department of Corrections</a>&rsquo; total budget.</p><p>Jessica Pupovac is the freelance journalist behind the report and has been sifting through the figures. She joined &quot;Eight Forty-Eight&quot; to discuss what she unearthed for her piece, &quot;Guarding Grandpa: Illinois is spending money it doesn't have to keep convicts who can barely walk behind bars.&quot; <br />&nbsp;</p><p><strong>RELATED&nbsp;LINKS</strong>:</p><p><a href="http://www.vera.org/content/its-about-time-aging-prisoners-increasing-costs-and-geriatric-release" target="_blank">2010 Vera Institute study </a><br /><a href="http://www.idoc.state.il.us/subsections/reports/annual_report/FY09%20DOC%20Annual%20Rpt.pdf" target="_blank">2009 Illinois Department of Corrections annual report</a></p><p><em>Music Button: Four Tet/Bonobo, &quot;Pick Ups&quot;, from the CD Four Tet Remixes, (Domino) </em></p></p> Wed, 05 Jan 2011 14:21:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/cost-caring-illinois-aging-prison-population