Rauner convenes criminal justice reform panel

Staff Report

Governor Bruce Rauner’s office today announced the formation of a Illinois State Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform.

The new commission will be tasked with examining the current justice system and sentencing guidelines and to recommend new strategies to improve public safety in the state.

“Illinois is in desperate need of criminal justice reform,” said Rauner.

The Department of Corrections (DOC) is currently operating at 150 percent of capacity in terms of inmates housed.

Rauner’s office says the current state of DOC threatens the safety of inmates and prison staff and limits the department’s ability to rehabilitate prisoners. Nearly 50 percent of prisoners will be incarcerated again at a later time.

“Our prisons are over capacity and too many offenders are returning to prison,” said Rauner.

“We need to take a comprehensive, holistic approach to our justice system.”

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