Governor to work on Prisoner Overcrowding

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AP- State data shows the number of people incarcerated in Illinois prisons has fallen in recent years but facilities are still overcrowded.  The most recent report on Illinois department of corrections facilities shows the agency held more than 47-thousand inmates in may 2015. 

That's the lowest since may 2010.  The peak was in January 2013 with nearly 50-thousand inmates. However, the facilities are designed to only house 32-thousand prisoners.

Governor Bruce Rauner has asked a special committee to study how to reduce the Illinois prison population by 25 percent over the next decade. 

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