Ill. reintroduces prison release-credit program
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Inmates in Illinois' bloated prison system who behave behind bars are again eligible for release up to six months early.
The Department of Corrections announced a tougher, revamped "supplemental sentence credit program" on Friday. Gov. Pat Quinn suspended a similar program more than three years ago after The Associated Press revealed the prison agency had taken secret shortcuts with it.
The halt swelled the number of inmates and now there are 49,000 in space designed for 33,000.
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