In 2018, Springfield handed Illinoisans more of the same repackaged policy failures. Lawmakers in the coming year should tape to their desks this wish list of taxpayer-friendly reforms.
Even a small decrease in the recidivism rate can yield millions of dollars in taxpayer savings while improving public safety.
A spokeswoman for the governor said the measure would cut overtime costs and help reduce the state’s corrections budget.
Gov. Bruce Rauner and a bipartisan group of lawmakers are supporting SB 3368, which would issue IDs to ex-offenders immediately upon release from prison, easing their transition to post-prison life and employment.
New law reduces the rate for which Illinois’ adult and juvenile corrections facilities can contract for inmate telephone service.
A new Illinois Policy Institute report discusses a recent poll showing broad concern about the fairness and effectiveness of Illinois’ criminal-justice system and strong support for reforms to improve it.
Alternatives to incarceration for nonviolent offenders