Some Illinois prisoners are being forced to stay locked up for longer than they’re supposed to. A DOC policy allows them to keep the inmates if they don’t show proof that they’ll have suitable housing once they’re released. Spokesman Tom Shaer explains why this is done.
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Justice reform advocates have filed a lawsuit asking the Illinois Supreme Court to overturn the policy. They argue it violates the due process and equal protection clauses of the U.S. Constitution. On top of that, the plaintiffs claim that the policy specifically targets poor people and those convicted of sexual crimes. The DOC denies that idea but admits that more than one-thousand of the eleven-hundred inmates turned around last year were sex offenders.