Governor Pat Quinn’s administration may be reconsidering its refusal to let reporters have a first-hand look behind prison walls.
For months, Quinn has been refusing media requests to observe conditions in the state’s overcrowded correctional facilities. The governor’s office has said media visits could pose a security risk. But this week it was revealed that students from a community college in Normal were allowed to tour parts of the Pontiac Correctional Center.
Now a corrections spokesperson says the department is working on procedures that could allow such visits to take place. But she did not say for sure that media visits will be allowed… or under what conditions.