Currently, the Illinois prison population is over 49,000, with facilities designed to house 33,000 inmates. In response, the state will soon be implementing an early-release program which was approved in 2012. The state also plans to close two of its five facilities, one being a high-security prison, due to lack of funds. Prisoners will be moved to one of the three remaining state prisons.
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