Prison

Going To Prison...By Choice

The Joliet Historical Museum offers prison tours on Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday; starting in June the museum will add Tuesdays to the weekly tour schedule.

The Joliet Historical Museum offers prison tours on Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday; starting in June the museum will add Tuesdays to the weekly tour schedule.

Later today, the Joliet Area Historical Museum kicks off a second season of walking tours of the old Joliet prison. The museum started offering tours last summer and they quickly sold out. First Light host Brian O’Keefe visited the prison late last summer and discovered that for some people the tour is an opportunity to answer a lifelong curiosity, for others want to see the location for Hollywood blockbusters, and for some, it’s about closure

Evaluating Prison College Programs

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This week in the First Light look at stories from around the state, there are roughly 200 college in prison programs nationwide, and several here in Illinois. There’s a debate over the difference they make. The trouble is Illinois measures success by whether someone returns to prison. Illinois Public Radio’s Lee Gaines explains, one recent graduate says that’s a flawed evaluation