Illinois, also known as the Land of Lincoln, our former president
Abraham Lincoln that is, is the fifth most populated state in our
country. It is surrounded by five other states and also borders with
Lake Michigan. Illinois is also the home of one of our previous late
presidents, Ronald Reagan.
Incarceration Rates and Costs
With a record high of over 50,000 inmates in Illinois it is an increase
of about 4,000 from two years ago. With the number of inmates on the
rise, the incarceration rate also goes up. An incarceration rate is how
many inmates go to jail out of 100,000 citizens a month. Illinois'
incarceration rate is 349 inmates going to jail every month out of a
group of 100,000 citizens.
Some of the incarceration rates are due to different crimes such as the
more popular larceny theft, burglary, and property crimes. Though other
crimes such as murder, which has been steadily decreasing over the past
couple of decades, and rape are not as common as these other crimes,
they still happen at a high rate; murder being almost 800 people a year
and rape being nearly 4,000 people per year.
Between 1995 and today Illinois incarceration costs have gone up over
70 percent and Illinois is now spending over 1.2 billion dollars a year
on all of its inmates.
Like most jails and prisons Illinois jails are experiencing
overcrowding problems. Even with three new buildings from the 1980s,
every space is being used in all of the jails. Handicap cells big
enough for two handicapped inmates have four regular inmates and all
other rooms are also filled to complete capacity. One jail even has
cots set up in the infirmary and the gyms because they don't have
enough regular cells to put them in.
Illinois' Biggest Crime Problem
Illinois' biggest crime problem takes place mostly in the famous city
Gangs have always been a major problem in Chicago and now it's worse
than ever. Children as young as eleven who have an emotional weakness
are being recruited to join gangs. They join gangs mostly to get the
support and safety that they might not have felt at home. Though they
may feel safety in a gang, what they are taught is not always right.
They mostly learn to solve their problems with other people by fighting
When children are in gangs fights tend to break out often in schools
when kids from different gangs disagree about something major or even
small. There has even been a beating at a school that killed one
teenager and was caught on video and is now all over the web. Not only
have hundreds of kids and teens been hurt or killed in school, they are
also harmed on the streets where most confrontations happen.
Thankfully there are people and places you can seek out to get help if
you know a child, teenager or anyone who is in a situation like this.
They do not have to live the life of crime to get by in life and they
need to know that someone out there truly cares about them enough to
teach them of a better way to live.
Finding Help in Facing a Criminal
If you or somebody you know is in a court battle you might be
interested in learning more about the jail system. To learn about that
jail you can find comments and articles from inmates, people who work
at the jail, or people who have visited the jail at countyjail.net.
The first step, though, is finding a good lawyer. Make sure you always
seek out a competent lawyer to get the best possible chance of
representation. If the court ends in a conviction you will be aware of
what goes on in the jail that your or the person you know will be going