Illinois Prison System: Overcrowded and Costly

Reboot State Finances — Illinois state government is desperate to make budget cuts, but apparently not desperate enough to figure out how to avoid “spending more than $1 billion to keep 48,000 people in a prison system designed to house 34,000,” says The State Journal-Register of Springfield. The paper suggests that Gov. Quinn set up a commission on prison savings as was done to make Medicaid cuts earlier this year.

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