Commission seeking to reduce Illinois' prison population by 25 percent

SPRINGFIELD - A prison reform commission formed by Governor Bruce Rauner says it's aiming to reduce Illinois' inmate population by 25 percent in a decade.

Under this new goal, established by the commission during a Thursday meeting, Illinois' current prison population of about 48,000 would be reduced to about 36,000 by 2025.  However, that number is still higher than the 32,000 inmates that the state's prison system was designed to hold.

In February, Rauner signed an executive order requiring that commission members provide him with options on how to reform Illinois' prison system.  Members must submit their options by July 1.
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