James Allen is serving three life sentences for murder. No one ever said he killed anyone.
IDOC’s job opportunities are so few and repression of organizing so intense that few inmates may be joining the nationwide labor strike. That doesn’t mean they’re not resisting.
The court clerk lost the records of James Allen, who’s fighting to overturn convictions that put him in prison 30 years ago. His case is not unique.
Tamms Correctional Center was Illinois’s only supermax prison. The Reader may have played a part in shutting it down.
“Today a guy tried to kill himself,” an inmate of Tamms, the Illinois supermax prison, told me in a letter, dated April 25, that I received Saturday. “Supposedly he almost accomplished his mission. He tied a plastic bag over his head. Prison is a rough spot, and Tamms is especially rough. I don’t know if […]
In Pontiac, former Tamms inmates are experiencing a new luxury: they can see the person they’re talking with.
An art project for inmates in Illinois’s only supermax prison coincides with a new exhibition at the School of the Art Institute
Sure, long-term solitary confinement may be torture, but it provides jobs.
Illinois keeps incarcerating more nonviolent offenders—and it’s costing you money
This week’s Chicagoan: Alan Mills, legal director, Uptown People’s Law Center
A district court decision represents a challenge to Tamms Correctional Center
Tamms’s nutraloaf–not good, but not unconstitutional.
State representative Julie Hamos is pushing for reforms at the Tamms supermax prison.