Governor draws fire for release of non-violent inmates
From press release
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) continues to come under fire as some look for more details about his Meritorious Good Time (MGT Push) program, which was intended to release non-violent state inmates as a way to save the state money. The plan resulted in the release of some inmates convicted of DUI, aggravated battery and weapons violations.
Recently, Quinn halted his plan to release non-violent inmates and cut state costs in the face of overwhelming criticism sparked by evidence that violent offenders and inmates had been set free just weeks after being incarcerated.
MGT Push is on hold until Quinn names a public safety officer to review and oversee the program.
State Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Westmont) recently called for a legislative inquiry into the early release, as a way to gather facts and assess repercussions relating to the event. His request was backed by AFSCME, and reflects concerns raised by some other lawmakers.
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