Saturday, July 18, 2009

Tourist trap? Joliet takes first steps to rehabilitate prison as a park

"For more than a century, the Joliet Correctional Center was known as one of the nation's toughest prisons, a place where two inmates were squeezed into 4-foot-wide cells, where tuberculosis deaths were not uncommon and where prisoners made do with slop buckets until indoor plumbing arrived in the late 1940s.

Now city officials want the prison to star in an entirely different role. Instead of stockades and back-breaking labor, think iPod-carrying tourists listening to audio tours, former guards leading school outings and 'interactive' exhibits."

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IKEA Supports Save the Children's Education Programs in the U.S. with Sales of Bookcases

"Through Monday, Aug. 31, 2009, IKEA U.S. will donate $5 to Save the Children's Early Steps to School Success program for each EXPEDIT bookcase sold, up to a maximum donation of $100,000.

For more than a decade IKEA has partnered with Save the Children to create lasting change for children in need, including the establishment and support of child protection, health and education programs in the United States and developing countries around the world."

Click here to read more about how IKEA and Save the Children are changing lives.