From August 14-17 (2005), we brought NIU-ACA members on a four-day, five-prison tour of Southern Illinois prisons, including two minimum security institutions, one super-maximum (Tamms), one maximum (Menard), and one medium (Pinckneyville). As always, Department of Corrections personnel were gracious and hospitible, and gave a superb overview of the administrative and other aspects of running an institution. Here are a few pictures of the group: Here we all are at the start Left to right is: Josh, Melissa, Jim, Suesette, Aimie, and Jessica (Christine is holding the camera). The van broke down on the way, but we rented a car and made it down in the rain. Tamms was a friendly place, and we found it quite easily by just following the arrow. We were surprised to learn that Chester (where Menard is) is also the home of Popeye. No visit to southern Illinois is complete without a visit to one of the best rib places in the country, 17th Street Barbeque. An exhausting trip, but we came back with new understandings and experiences, geared up to share with others in the fall.