Illinois Department of Corrections

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2014

    Menard Prison Hunger Strike Enters Second Week as Inmates Continue to Protest Conditions

    A hunger strike by several inmates at the Menard Correctional Center in Illinois is entering its second week today as they continue to protest against being held in the prison's severe "administrative detention" unit, which has conditions similar to solitary confinement, for what they claim are unju ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2014

    Locked-Up in "High Security Unit" and Not Told Why, Prisoners Hunger Strike for Answer

    Inmates at an Illinois prison say they don't know why they are being held in a new high-security unit that is infested with mice, filth, and freezing cold temperatures, so they've decided to go on a hunger strike to protest the conditions. But the prison denies the poor conditions and says the inmat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2011

    Christopher Coleman Gets New Look; Murderer Shaves Head For Prison Clean or Christopher Coleman?​Three weeks into his life sentence for killing his wife and two sons, convicted murderer Christopher Coleman has a new hairdo. Gone is the short-cropped blond hair he wore during his recent trial and his arrest in May 2009 on charges of strangling ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2010

    The Deer Commander is Officially Off the Hook

    A screen capture of Jarrod Lee Hayn and his handiwork on ​In the wake of a Supreme Court ruling that overturned a federal law outlawing depictions of animal cruelty, the U.S. Attorney's Office has dropped all charges against Jarrod Lee Hayn, the Illinois man who filmed himself running ... More >>

  • News

    August 29, 2001

    Blooper Max

    Another security breach surfaces at Illinois' superexpensive supermaximum prison

  • News

    May 10, 2000

    Nothing Left to Lose

    Faced with supertough restrictions, inmates at Tamms protest by refusing to eat

  • News

    February 16, 2000

    Cruel and Usual

    Tamms Correctional Center is one of the toughest, most expensive and least crowded prisons in the nation. But does it accomplish anything - besides driving inmates insane?