Subscribe to our newsletters for regular updates, analysis and context straight to your email.
One Year of Worker-Led Media! Fund the Future of The Appeal.
A federal monitor says substandard healthcare persists—with horrific consequences—more than a decade after a lawsuit was supposed to compel changes.
Aug 15, 2022
Water at 12 state prisons has tested positive for the bacteria this year.
Jul 28, 2022
Legionella bacteria was found in five Illinois prisons in March.
Apr 07, 2022
It took a prisoner’s death ‘just for them to pass out a single extra bar of soap,’ one incarcerated man said.
Apr 07, 2020
Prisoners are “especially vulnerable to contracting and spreading COVID-19,” Illinois Governor J. B. Pritzker wrote in his executive order.
Mar 27, 2020
With Taylor Elizabeth Eldridge, a Type Investigations Ida B. Wells Fellow and Appeal contributor.
Adam H. Johnson
Jan 16, 2020
Even after a major class action suit required Illinois to revamp its prison healthcare system, doctors whose alleged neglect resulted in major injury or death still remain on the prison system payroll.
Taylor Elizabeth Eldridge
Nov 08, 2019
Earlier this year, Danville prison removed about 200 books, many of which dealt with race issues. But the new rules don’t go far enough, says one advocate.
Nov 04, 2019
A Prisoner Review Board memo released in July requires a minimum of 12 hours of movement with ankle monitors, but some people say they’re still being given far less.
Oct 18, 2019
Lawsuits that challenge mental healthcare and medical care for incarcerated people advance in Illinois.
Dec 05, 2018