State prisons chief to resign in wake of early-release controversy
From press release
SPRINGFIELD, Ill.—Following a firestorm of controversy surrounding Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn’s (D) early-release prison program, this governor’s office announced the upcoming resignation of Corrections Director Michael Randle.
The move comes less than a week after a Chicago legislative meeting of the Illinois Joint Investigatory Committee on Early Release that examined the controversial program in Illinois, including one initiative established by the current administration that allowed the release of nearly 2,000 prisoners, including violent offenders.
The early-release programs were the subject of a highly critical report from retired Judge David Erickson released Aug. 13, two days after the first Joint Panel meeting in Peoria, Ill. That report concluded the Department of Corrections failed to adequately protect public safety.
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