After a plumbing flood at the aging Logan Correctional Center, three women organized one of the first successful hunger strikes in an Illinois women’s prison in years.
As Illinois prisons accelerated releases during the pandemic, many were forced into crowded, unmonitored residential reentry centers across Cook County.
Raptivist Bella Bahhs elucidates the importance—and the failures of—the census for formerly incarcerated women.
A widow tried to save her late husband’s life during his stay at 26th and Cal. Instead she witnessed the explosive spread of COVID-19 inside.
A man who has waited 20 years for a court-ordered hearing is trying to secure release from prison before the virus hits.
Tonya Crowder still dreams that she and her fiance, Roosevelt Myles—who’s been in prison for decades fighting what he says is a wrongful conviction—will one day build a life together somewhere “nice, quiet, and simple.”
This story is part of the Marshall Project’s “We Are Witnesses: Chicago” series. In 15 direct-to-camera testimonies, this collection of videos gives voice to Chicagoans affected by the justice system. Watch the videos at themarshallproject.org/chicago.
In 15 direct-to-camera testimonies, this Marshall Project video series gives voice to Chicagoans affected by the justice system.
Bill Dorsch loved being a Chicago cop, then he witnessed misconduct by disgraced detective Reynaldo Guevara.
A state bill outlines an education program for those about to be released.
Despite filing multiple complaints against guards and inmates, Strawberry Hampton is being denied a transfer to a women’s prison.
Tamms Correctional Center was Illinois’s only supermax prison. The Reader may have played a part in shutting it down.
Underrated young rapper Charlie Curtis-Beard drops his ambitious second album, LGBTQ prisoner-advocate group Black and Pink throws a benefit show at Elastic, and more.
Through toiletry drives, “bail-outs,” and reunification rides, local activists work to brighten Mother’s Day in jail and prison.
Orange Is the New Black returns with a fourth season that fails its feminist sensibilities.