Capitol Fax.com - Your Illinois News Radar » Good government is good (partisan) politics
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Good government is good (partisan) politics

Thursday, Mar 27, 2014

* This sounds like a pretty interesting idea

The state’s shuttered juvenile prison in Murphysboro could be reopened as a special adult prison for drunk driving offenders under Gov. Pat Quinn’s budget proposal.

The plan, which relies on the General Assembly making the 67 percent income tax increase permanent, could bring jobs to a Southern Illinois facility that Quinn closed less than two years ago.

According to the governor’s budget office, an estimated 2,500 inmates housed throughout the state’s sprawling prison system are serving time for multiple drunk driving offenses.

Moving some of them to the former minimum-security institution for juveniles could ease overcrowding in other facilities and provide them with specialized services designed to help them after release.

“Murphysboro could be re-purposed fairly easily,” said Abdon Pallasch, assistant director of the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget. “This center will help us reduce recidivism and save taxpayer money over time.”

Looks like decent policy to me.

Re-opening the facility also has a political benefit, however. State Rep. Mike Bost (R-Murphysboro) is running for Congress. The House Democrats pushed Bill Kilquist through the Democratic primary and have high hopes for his November chances. Creating a few jobs in an area that is so heavily dependent upon state employment probably won’t hurt at all.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

27 Comments
  1. - VanillaMan - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 10:47 am:

    The Quinncome Tax has been in effect long enough for Pat to make this happen now - that is - if the reason he is giving us to prevent it, is true.

    You know, that Tax he said he’s never raise as a candidate, to the level he said would be temporary, but is now asking for it to be permanent.

    Or that he is being honest at all.


  2. - Midstate Indy - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 10:50 am:

    Even without the details, the policy side doesn’t sound like a bad concept. The political side definitely helps to shore up local party support.


  3. - A guy... - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 10:53 am:

    Not at all in favor of the tax increase, but the policy may be sound either way. Realizing that many of these DUI offenses come with significant fines, it would seem natural to use them to pay for the incarceration period.


  4. - MrJM - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 11:00 am:

    “Ease overcrowding in other facilities and provide them with specialized services designed to help them after release.”

    Seems like a win-win.

    – MrJM


  5. - wordslinger - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 11:09 am:

    Makes sense to me.


  6. - West Sider - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 11:22 am:

    Every campaign needs early wins, to gain momentum, and as you say Rich, Good government is good politics.
    Hazelton with bars sounds like a winner.


  7. - Jimbo - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 11:25 am:

    Yeah, normal prison time isn’t going to help some folks. When they get out, they still have a drinking problem, few job prospects, and a wealth of criminal knowledge learned in prison. Probably best to focus on treatment and keep the average boozehound away from other criminals while they serve their time.


  8. - Bunkus - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 11:30 am:

    The Joliet radio station this morning reported that the shuttered Illinois Youth Prison in Joliet was going to receive a $1.5 million “repurposing” project fund. No word yet on what it will be used for.


  9. - Lunchbox - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 11:31 am:

    Sounds like a decent policy move.


  10. - Black Ivy - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 11:35 am:

    Creating a few prison-related jobs in southern Illinois does not justify making the 67% tax hike permanent, particularly if it benefits Illinois Democrats. The juvenile justice community applauded the closing of the Murphysboro prison. Re-purposing the facility to serve repeated drunk-driving offenders seems a rather costly endeavor for 430 folks. Not a prudent investment in my mind…


  11. - walk in my shoes - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 11:35 am:

    Hopefully IDOC will remain committed to the purpose of this being used to house DUI offenders. IDOC started a fantastic substance abuse program at Sheridan Correctional Center. A true model and now due to overcrowding in the system Sheridan has received general population inmates that do not require or receive any special treatment programs. If IDOC is going to commit to a program type facility for DUI offenders and/or substance abusers it requires the commitment to only house those offenders and not use extra bed space for offenders who do not need those services. Kudos to IDOC if they can stay committed.


  12. - A modest proposal - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 11:37 am:

    If I were Rauner my response would be - Pat Quinn has turned his back on Southern Illinois. He is promising that he will institute this new program, but will have less money to do it. It will never come to fruition, it is just another lie by Pat Quinn.


  13. - Cassandra - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 11:44 am:

    Well, at least they aren’t reopening it to lock up more juveniles.

    But, a special prison for drunk drivers. I don’t know. I’d like to hear from some national correctional policy experts on that one. Why can’t they be on home release? Is this being done anywhere else in the country, and with what results. And how will this reduce the corrections budget–seems like opening another facility would increase Illinois’ correctional expenses.

    As to Murphysboro’s need for jobs–again, government is not supposed to be a jobs program.
    It’s private sector jobs we are supposed to be
    creating.


  14. - John Howard Association - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 11:53 am:

    I’ll stay out of the politics, but I think this is excellent policy. One of the problems with prisons–particularly when they are as crowded and under-resourced as Illinois’ prisons are–is that they end up treating all prisoners the same, regardless of their specific needs or issues. Among other things, this practice can’t do much to help address the specific causes that lead people to re-offend. By focusing the state’s limited resources on the specific needs of a specific group of its population, I’m hopeful that IDOC can develop the capacity to reduce the likelihood that they’ll return to prison. I just hope we can find a way to fund it–and I hope we can find ways to do more things like it in the future.


  15. - SO IL M - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 12:12 pm:

    It is actually a good policy. Nice to see one come from this administration for a change. And as others have said, its good policy no matter if the tax rate stays or not.


  16. - Living in Machiaville - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 12:18 pm:

    Should include pot offenders if they don’t fix the criminaliztion of its use.


  17. - Formerly Known As... - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 12:57 pm:

    == could ease overcrowding in other facilities and provide them with specialized services ===

    It is good to see these problems finally being formally acknowledged. The normal line is usually more like this: www.wbez.org/news/quinn-illinois-prisons-are-not-overcrowded-108588

    Our prisons are clearly overcrowded despite spending roughly 98% of our budget on the housing of inmates. The overcrowding problem did not develop over night, nor does it leave much money for additional programs.

    It would be interesting to hear more regarding the rationale behind selecting drunk driving offenders for extra attention and services rather than juvenile drug offenders or others. While this is a good first step, I can’t help but wonder if there might be a better first step for our prison system.


  18. - Demoralized - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 1:22 pm:

    @FKA:

    I thought there were other specialized programs in the system. Didn’t they do a drug treatment facility at one of the prisons a few years ago?


  19. - Barney Fife - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 1:37 pm:

    Smoking mirrors & election year rhetoric. Three inmate murders at Menard didn’t appear to justify needing to resolve the overcrowding issues but votes take a priority? Save money from closures or open facilities to help with overcrowding, which is it? Doubtful this sways the downstate sentiment PQ!


  20. - Formerly Known As... - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 1:46 pm:

    @Demoralized - thanks for mentioning that. Truthfully, I am not sure, but now I am curious and will find out.

    It would be great to discover they tried something like that a few years ago, got positive results, and now have a working template to build off of. That applies whether it means helping drunk drivers, drug addicts or just about anyone else in our system who needs help.


  21. - downstate commissioner - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 1:50 pm:

    Sounds okay to me-don’t know about how much room is available, but non-violent first-offender drug convicts might be a good addition- it is all substance abuse….


  22. - Demoralized - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 1:55 pm:

    @FKA:

    Sheridan rings a bell for some reason.


  23. - John Howard Association - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 1:57 pm:

    IDOC has two drug-treatment prisons: Sheridan and Southwestern. Both are very effective.


  24. - Anonymous - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 2:26 pm:

    Bunkus, it will be used for inmates requiring mental health treatment. There was a federal lawsuit.


  25. - Formerly Known As... - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 3:53 pm:

    Well, @downstate commissioner, you, me and @Demoralized will just have to sit down and figure this whole mess out.

    We can probably finish overhauling the prison system over coffee, handle the budget deficit over lunch, and then revisit pensions during dessert.

    Oscar can give the final drafts a once-over and then we’ll all call it a day.

    You’re welcome, Illinois. Please @PatQuinn to schedule our parade.


  26. - Cassandra - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 4:08 pm:

    Our prisons are overcrowded because we put way too many people in jail, especially young, poor minority men. And because way too many communities depend on these large, dysfunctional institutions for their economic livelihood, making it politically difficult to close them. And because the poor lack access to competent legal services.

    We don’t have to keep people in jail any more because it’s the only place they can get treatment for alcoholism, drug abuse, and psychiatric conditions. The ACA has given all inmates access to Medicaid or subsidized private insurance when they get out. So they should be able to get treated in the community. This is one of the many ways the ACA will profoundly affect medical care in this country, and our state policy makers should be taking advantage of it.
    Not thinking up more ways to institutionalize people because it makes for good political slogans.


  27. - Weighing In - Thursday, Mar 27, 14 @ 4:42 pm:

    In addition to the two designated programs (Sheridan and Southwestern) several other facilities offer drug treatment. The recidivism rate for those who complete treatment is less than half of the general population. Very cost effective. This would be for multiple dui offenders who often times are much different than other drug users. Good idea.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Question of the day
* Rauner calls marijuana a "very dangerous drug" as he plans court appeal
* *** UPDATED x3 - Pritzker, Biss, Kennedy respond *** Rauner campaign echoes Blagojevich demand to release the FBI tapes
* Jimenez wants Sangamon County to get priority for most new state jobs
* Ives' state budget solution: Slash CPS funding and repeal Obamacare expansion
* *** UPDATED x1 - Ives responds *** Rauner promises to patch $2.3 billion hole, balance next year's budget, start rolling back the tax hike and provide "record funding" for K-12
* Dick Uihlein gives Proft group another $3 million
* Legionella bacteria might have been found at Capitol Complex
* *** UPDATED x1 *** Unclear on the concept
* Yesterday's stories

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............
<


Loading


* Burr Ridge holds off on legal action against Ho.....
* Rauner calls marijuana a “very dangerous drug” .....
* Top Regional News: Rauner rolling back income t.....
* Democratic governor candidates to have 1st tele.....
* Joe Walsh — who promises to vote for Chuy Garci.....
* Democratic governor candidates to have 1st tele.....
* Democratic governor candidates to have 1st tele.....
* Democratic governor candidates to have 1st tele.....
* Democratic governor candidates to have 1st tele.....
* Democratic governor candidates to have 1st tele.....


* Ex-doctor gets 20 years for trying to kidnap prosecutor
* Legionella bacteria possibly at Illinois Capitol Complex
* Democratic governor candidates to have 1st televised forum
* Police: Man who shot at motorist was angry about truck crash
* Retrial to begin in 1995 arson, murder case
* Popular Lincoln sculpture in Bloomington needs cleaning
* Bill would require state jobs be located in Sangamon County
* Legionella bacteria possibly at Illinois Capitol Complex
* Board approves plan to create Will County's 1st solar farm
* William Cousins, prominent in Illinois law, dead at 90

* Former Springfield Ald. Jobe added to State Fair Advisory Board
* Democratic governor candidates to have 1st televised forum
* Popular Lincoln sculpture in Bloomington needs cleaning
* Legionella bacteria possibly in Capitol Complex water system
* Rauner wants to 'step-down' income tax increase
* Sangamon County should get first dibs on state jobs, lawmaker says
* Report: State agencies holding nearly $2.5 billion in bills
* Illinois lawmakers hold hearing on marijuana legalization
* Illinois hunters harvest 2 percent more deer than last year
* New session will bring new efforts at pension reform

* Tax winnings in hand, Chase shares some with 2,700-plus local workers
* Chicago Stock Exchange bidders may seek extension
* Naf Naf to debut new stores, franchise program
* Tick tock: Bid for Chicago exchange involving Chinese investors delayed
* Chinese-backed bid for Chicago Stock Exchange hits a snag


* Man tries to kidnap girls in Fuller Park
* Blachawks goalie Corey Crawford works out again, could be on the ice ‘soon’
* Mary J. Blige thrilled at becoming a double Oscar nominee
* LETTERS: Change state constitution and make pensions less generous
* Legionella bacteria possibly at Illinois Capitol Complex
* Police: Man in custody after holding girlfriend, kids hostage in Riverdale
* Schumer takes back wall offer in new immigration push
* Bulls guard Zach LaVine is finding out that minute restrictions have no give
* Alex Rodriguez, Matt Vasgersian join Jessica Mendoza for ‘Sunday Night Baseball’
* Rahm’s running mate rises to defense of potential mayoral challenger


* 'The Shape of Water' leads Oscar nominees with 13 nods
* 2 dead, 19 injured in rural Kentucky high school shooting; suspect held
* Bank of America ends popular free checking option, causing customer uproar
* Man dead after Evanston apartment fire
* Hush money President Trump’s lawyer allegedly paid porn star Stormy Daniels broke election laws, new complaint charges 
* Flu season causes more challenges for Barrington-area blood banks this winter
* Joe Walsh — who promises to vote for Chuy Garcia if he's proved wrong — is proved wrong
* Are the Bears exciting now?
* P&G CEO says company working to stop 'Tide pod challenge'
* Trial date set for former Lincoln-Way superintendent Lawrence Wyllie's federal fraud case


» State Pays $1 Billion In Late-Payment Charges
» CHA To Add More Mixed-Income Housing In Bronzeville
» National Study Hammers Illinois Budget Practices
» Hundreds Of Thousands Gathered For Women's March In Chicago
» Women's March Chicago Stays on Message - Get to the Polls
» Chicago Schools Chief: Cost A Driver In Special Ed Overhaul
» One Year Later, Women’s March Demands More Than Attendance
» State Week: Education Funding, Pritzker-Blagojevich, Rauner-Duke
» Sheriff Offers To Help Review Police Shootings In Suburban Cook County
» A Prescription For Fruits And Veggies: One Solution To Food Insecurity in Illinois


* Democratic governor candidates to have 1st televised forum
* Popular Lincoln sculpture in Bloomington needs cleaning
* Legionella bacteria possibly in Capitol Complex water system
* IBHE: There is a need for bold changes for Illinois' higher education system
* Rauner wants to 'step-down' income tax increase
* Sangamon County should get first dibs on state jobs, lawmaker says
* Report: State agencies holding nearly $2.5 billion in bills
* Illinois lawmakers hold hearing on marijuana legalization
* Illinois hunters harvest 2 percent more deer than last year
* New session will bring new efforts at pension reform


* Iowa jobless rate dips
* Tiny and high-tech: QC Fuel offers coffee and more in Moline
* 2 dead, 19 injured in Kentucky school shooting; suspect held
* Former massage therapist to serve 16 years for sexual assault
* You could soon save money on electricity and natural gas. Here’s why.
* This is what America must do to end its problem with race, Bishop Braxton says
* Harrisburg man gets 20 years in attempted kidnapping of prosecutor; in jailhouse tapes, he offered $1K for the job
* UPDATE: I-74 reopens after crash spills cash
* Bishop Edward Braxton talks about being racially profiled in Chicago
* Noon update: Breezy afternoon, oscar nominations and Super Bowl data bank


* Despite resident objections, Buffalo Grove board approves plans for 187 homes
* 7 take-aways from the 90th Academy Awards nominations
* Officials working to identify Addison fire victims
* CEO says company working to stop 'Tide pod challenge'
* The Latest: Trudeau announces Pacific trade deal without US

* Bipartisan Illinois criticism follows Trum...
* US places Pakistan on special watch list f...
* Letter: Talk to tax preparer about GOP tax...
* Our view: End patronage at Algonquin Towns...
* Letters to the editor: Election commission...
* Teacher raised in Yorkville running agains...
* Suburban Democrats line up to challenge Ro...
* Dissident artist Ai Weiwei and US Rep. Ran...
* Lawmakers back renaming Warrenville post o...
* Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and...

* This RSS feed URL is deprecated...
* Durbin: Schumer Took the Wall Off the Nego......
* 'Terrorizing' Congress?! Ingraham Hits Bac......
* Chuck Schumer yanks offer to fund border w......

* This RSS feed URL is deprecated...
* Dick Durbin's not the only Illinois Senato......

* Two gubernatorial candidates support repealing Illinois’s rent control ban
* Academy Awards 2018: The Oscar nominees
* Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers. Episode #48. Amber Smock, people with disabilities advocate and activist.
* Sketchbook.
* Ahead of Janus, union haters are collecting teacher names.
* Two more candidates removed from ballot
* Documentary on violence in Roseland
* Martin D. Reggi fundraiser set for January 25
* Moore withdraws from countywide McGinnis race
* In 1924 Maxwell Street regular Daddy Stovepipe became one of the first bluesmen ever recorded


* Illinois Awarded Funds to Offer Advanced Training on Detecting Impaired Driving
* Illinois EPA Announces Upcoming Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events
* IEMA Highlights Emergency Preparedness for People with Access and Functional Needs in May - Ready Illinois website offers preparedness tips for people, caregivers
* First Lady Launches Illinois Family Connects
* Governor and Lt. Governor Unveil 2016 Journal of Local Government Shared Service Best Practices

  
* HomePod AppleCare+ plan will cost $39
* RED’s ‘holographic,’ ‘SOLID’ Hydrogen phone will ship this summer
* The iPhone X was the top shipping smartphone over the holidays, according to analysts
* YouTube TV and Hulu pick up 750,000 subscribers
* [TA Deals] Pick up the Ethical Hacking A to Z bundle for just $19 right now
* Apple Releases New Beta Software for HomePod
* Apple Releases Minor tvOS 11.2.5 Update With Bug Fixes and Security Improvements

* Notable 2018 Spring Training non-roster invitees
* Anderson on mission after challenging 2017
* Burger third among top third-base prospects
* Burger among MLB's Top 10 3B prospects
* Kopech, Jimenez among White Sox NRIs
* Baseball America top 100, Sox-Brewers rumors, and other reading
* Advocating for retired non-numbers


Main Menu
Home
Illinois
YouTube
Pundit rankings
Obama
Subscriber Content
Durbin
Burris
Blagojevich Trial
Advertising
Updated Posts
Polls

Archives
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005

Syndication

RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0
WordPress




Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller