Illinois Picks Sheriff To Run Prisons

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http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nws-pris02.html Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich chose Macon County Sheriff Roger E. Walker Jr. to direct the state prison system. Walker, the first black man to be elected sheriff in Illinois, is the Democratic governor's second nominee as corrections director. The Chicago Sun-Times notes that the first, Ernesto Velasco, stepped aside amid allegations of systematic beatings of prisoners at the Cook County Jail while he was administrator there. Walker promised to improve a department that Blagojevich . . .

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