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CULTURE OF CRUELTY

State-run facilities in Illinois are supposed to care for people with mental and developmental disabilities. But patients have been subjected to abuse, neglect and staff misconduct for decades, despite calls for change. Capitol News Illinois' Beth Hundsdorfer joined with Molly Parker of Lee Enterprises Midwest and Propublica beginning in 2021 to launch the "Culture of Cruelty" investigation into the state-run Choate Mental Health and Developmental Center in southern Illinois.

Watchdog seeks harsher penalties in wake of abuse at Choate Watchdog seeks harsher penalties in wake of abuse at Choate

Watchdog seeks harsher penalties in wake of abuse at Choate

The watchdog for the Illinois Department of Human Services is seeking harsher penalties against health care workers who obstruct abuse and neglect investigations.

Ongoing investigation shows nearly two dozen patients charged with crimes at state-run facility Ongoing investigation shows nearly two dozen patients charged with crimes at state-run facility

Ongoing investigation shows nearly two dozen patients charged with crimes at state-run facility

Lutrice Williams was 23 and in crisis when she arrived at Choate Mental Health and Developmental Center in rural southern Illinois. The Chicago woman, a former foster care youth, had suffered numerous traumas, and was seeking helo at the state-run facility. The last thing she expected was to face a criminal charge.

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