UPDATE: Report on Prison-Release Program Released

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- A former appellate judge reviewed the program at Quinn's request after the governor shut it down.

The full report will be released Friday afternoon. Quinn's office released some of his findings in advance of the report's release.

The so-called "MGT Push" program lowered the prison population by granting good-conduct credit -- or "meritorious good time" -- upfront. More than 1,700 inmates -- hundreds of them violent -- were released weeks early.

The report said the department discarded a policy requirining inmates to earn credits over at least 60 days in custody. And, it says corrections didn't notify local authorities ofthe pending releases.

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  • by rb Location: rockford on Aug 15, 2010 at 07:37 PM
    common sense would be to revise the prison system release program let the NON VIOLENT offenders have their good time or release them on electronic monotoring system redirect the saving to the school systems rehire the teachers you layed off. rehire the fireman and police officers you layed off. the prisons are over crowded. law suits are being filed daily. quit passing the buck. governor of illinois you owe us as a people to fix this problem. time is money - a concerned tax payer
  • by illinois tax payer Location: rockford on Aug 15, 2010 at 07:30 PM
    as a illinois tax payer i dont think you as a governor dropped the ball director michael rowdie should have did his job and monitored all releases better than he did. why should thousands of 1st time inmates and non-violent offenders pay for his inadequate performance cost so many inmates and their families suffer because of a few inmates that was violent criminals and was accidentaly released early. we as illinois tax payers need a governor who is not scared to admit that a few violent offenders did slip threw the cracks but the push program is a great program for non violent offenders and 1st time prison inmates not violent and repeated prison inmates redirect the money that the push program will save and put to rehire layed off teachers fireman and police officers it costs illinois tax payers 34,000 to 36,000 to house an inmate thats more than some teachers salary to teach our children so bring back mgt. the push program is great program fine tune it and bring it back.
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