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Prison population at record high

Nov 22, 2010 10:56:00 PM - chicagotribune.com
Backlash over Quinn's early-release program plays role

The state's prison system is bursting with a record high of nearly 49,000 inmates. The surge, combined with the state's budget woes, has led to conditions that watchdog groups and veteran correctional officers say they haven't seen in decades.