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Crime Poll: Early Release Programs

By January 11, 2013

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Illinois has joined the growing list of states having to deal with over-crowded prisons and challenging economic conditions.

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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January 16, 2013 at 8:30 am
(1) Suzi says:

I understand most states are having financial issues, so there are early release programs. I voted no, imho for good reason. There was a similar program for the mentally ill back in the ’70s and part of the 80′s. An early release program, of sorts.

I live in Danvers, Massachusetts. There used to be a fully functioning state hospital in this town, and from what I heard there was an abunance of abuse going on inside. State hospitals, including Danvers State, used to be referred to as Insane Asylums (Sessions 9 was filmed there).

These mental health patients with varying diagnoses, i.e. clinical depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, multiple personality disorder, etc., were released to go home, or to a group home, a halfway house, etc However, there were usually always problems.

My point is whether the inmates are in the big house, or out on the mean streets, it didn’t change them! They are still criminals, and now with a chance of freedom, could potentially commit similar crimes, get convicted, spend some time, and then go on the early release program. Not a good idea!!!

January 16, 2013 at 1:59 pm
(2) Blair Boucher says:

Don’t have a problem with non-violent offenders being released early—but they should finish their time in the form of community service. That way, we all win–and maybe even grow.

Violent (to include sexual) offenders (no matter if the victim is human or animal) should NOT be released back in to our communities.

Pretty simple stuff, really: if one chooses to rape, mame, torture & murder–the give up any right to live among others.

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