• IDOC names woman new Menard warden

    by  • April 17, 2014

    A new warden is in charge of the maximum-security Menard Correctional Center in southern Illinois. The Illinois Department of Corrections said Wednesday that Kim Butler has been named to the position. She’s the first woman to head the prison and the second woman to be appointed warden of an all-male, maximum security prison in...

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    Feds arrest dozens in bi-state immigration bust

    by  • April 17, 2014

    Immigration and Customs Enforcement has arrested 24 men in Missouri and Illinois for what officials call “egregious” immigration violations, including individuals who entered the country illegally and committed crimes. The arrests, made in a five-day roundup last week, were announced Tuesday. Arrests occurred in the Missouri counties of St. Charles and New Madrid, and...

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    Jefferson County woman convicted on federal meth charges

    by  • April 17, 2014

    A 52-year-old Jefferson County, Illinois woman was convicted Tuesday on federal methamphetamine charges, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois Stephen Wigginton said. According to court documents, Count 1 of the indictment charged that from June 2010 until September 19, 2012, Julia Ann Snow conspired with other individuals to manufacture more than 50...

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    Appellate court rules in favor of Murray center wards

    by  • April 16, 2014

    The 5th Appellate Court in Mt. Vernon handed down a loss today to the Illinois Department of Human Services, and reaffirmed in its entirety an earlier ruling in Clinton County court appointing attorney Stewart Freeman as guardian for all state wards of the Warren G. Murray Developmental Center in Centralia. Justice Judy Cates gave...

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    Hepatitis C cure could devastate corrections budgets

    by  • April 9, 2014

    According to a Pew report, if used widely, a new generation of antiviral drugs has the potential to wipe out the deadly hepatitis C virus in the United States. But the high price of the drugs could destroy corrections budgets across the country, where roughly one-third the population is afflicted. Ronald Shansky, former medical...

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