Illinois prisons plan for new early release effort
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois Gov.
Pat Quinn's administration is reintroducing an early inmate release plan to
ease prison crowding.
The Illinois Department of Corrections
has started reviewing records of potentially eligible inmates.
A legislative committee approved rules for the program this week. Quinn
signed them into law in June. A Corrections spokeswoman had no timetable for
implementing the system for granting up to six months' time off an inmate's
Quinn suspended a former version of the program in 2009 after The
Associated Press reported that 1,700 inmates had been released within weeks or
even days of arriving at the penitentiary.
There are more than 49,000 inmates in space designed for 33,000.