‘The System Is Broken’: How Illinois Prisons Handle Guard Abuse, Safety Concerns

Illinois has paid millions of dollars to settle the claims of prisoners who suffered injuries after their grievances were ignored or denied.

Photographers give Illinois prisoners a glimpse of the outside world
Greg Ruffing
Photographers give Illinois prisoners a glimpse of the outside world
Greg Ruffing

‘The System Is Broken’: How Illinois Prisons Handle Guard Abuse, Safety Concerns

Illinois has paid millions of dollars to settle the claims of prisoners who suffered injuries after their grievances were ignored or denied.

Illinois prisoners rely on grievances to flag dangerous conditions, from guard abuse to unsanitary conditions and poor medical care. But with virtually no oversight, the system leaves thousands of prisoners vulnerable to harm, according to a new investigation from WBEZ and ProPublica’s Local Reporting Network.

Reset brings on WBEZ’s Shannon Heffernan for more on this issue.

GUEST: Shannon Heffernan, WBEZ criminal justice reporter