Illinois’ financial crisis is turning into a boon for convicted criminals.
First, both the Illinois House and Senate have approved a new Good Time credit bill, which will allow the Illinois Department of Corrections to release non-violent prisoners earlier. The bill is expected to be signed by the Governor.
Next, Governor Quinn is moving ahead with plans to close several prisons, juvenile justice centers and transitional centers, including the Tamms supermax prison and the Dwight Correctional Center. This will supposedly save the State $62 million.
Of course, prison closure will only exacerbate prison overcrowding, which will likely lead to more early releases.
As I said, its a great time to be a convict.