Capitol - Your Illinois News Radar » Illinois prison population drops 8.7 percent in two years
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Illinois prison population drops 8.7 percent in two years

Monday, Aug 29, 2016

* From the Illinois Policy Institute’s radio network

New numbers released by the Illinois Department of Corrections show that Illinois’ prison population dropped by 2,485 in the past year and by more than 4,200 since fiscal 2014.

The total prison population was 44,680 as of July 1, down from 47,165 in June 2015 and 48,921 in June 2014.

Gov. Bruce Rauner resolved to reduce the prison population by 25 percent over the next decade. He devised the Illinois State Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform to come up with recommendations to reach the goal. While the downward trend started before the commission released its recommendations and passed subsequent legislation, recommendations from the commission have been taken up by judges and law enforcement. […]

[The head of the John Howard Association, Jennifer Vollen-Katz] said that, even with the new lower number, Illinois’ prison system is still over capacity by nearly 12,000. According to the Vera Institute of Justice, taxpayers pay approximately $40,000 every year to incarcerate someone in Illinois.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - Anonymous - Monday, Aug 29, 16 @ 12:04 pm:

    So he’s taking credit for reductions unrelated to anything he’s done? Guess that’s the way of things. Plus I guess that means his reforms only need to remove another 16%

  2. - Payback - Monday, Aug 29, 16 @ 12:32 pm:

    “…recommendations from the commission have been taken up by judges and law enforcement.” When has law enforcement ever championed reducing the prison population by rolling back the myriad of criminal laws in Illinois?

    Here’s a suggestion: legalize possession of up to one ounce of marijuana for personal possession. Not “decriminalization” where you are still put on the court docket and the county clerk “expunges” your “record” every six months.

    Cut off the “gateway” that puts so many teenagers into the criminal justice system which ultimately ends up in prison. Then watch the police unions whine about real marijuana legalization. The current laws are good for their “business.”

  3. - Federalist - Monday, Aug 29, 16 @ 12:52 pm:

    Here’s a suggestion: legalize possession of up to one ounce of marijuana for personal possession. Not “decriminalization” where you are still put on the court docket and the county clerk “expunges” your “record” every six months.

    1 oz of pot equals about 2 packs of cigarettes. Is this a good number or should it be cut to 1/2 oz of pot?

    In any case it needs to be legalized as Payback suggests so as to not clog up the court system.

    Meanwhile anyone caught selling gets hit big time and if they sell to those underage it should mean major prison time.

    My only concern with legalization or decriminalization is that there is an effective measure for impairment as there is for alcohol. That has to be implemented. Don’t care about personal use in one’s own home but driving is a whole different matter.

  4. - Hal - Monday, Aug 29, 16 @ 1:01 pm:

    Don’t get me wrong, I support criminal justice reform, particularly when it comes to drug possession. But is there any chance that the increase crime in Chicago this year is being fueled in some small measure by incarceration rates decreasing? (More gang members back home and on the streets?)

    The violent crime rate in Chicago had been on a steady decline for years (in fact, Chicago’s murder rate in 2014 was about half of what it was in the early 90’s.) The drop in crime throughout those years was mirrored by an increase in incarceration rates.

    I don’t think there is any one cause for crime spiking in Chicago this year, just as there wasn’t one cause for its decades long decline. But maybe incarceration rates should be part of the conversation.

  5. - Just Observing - Monday, Aug 29, 16 @ 1:04 pm:

    === Meanwhile anyone caught selling gets hit big time ===

    So you want to fully legalize possession (not even decriminalize) but you want anyone selling pot to get “hit big time?”

  6. - Anonymous - Monday, Aug 29, 16 @ 1:07 pm:

    Illinois needs to keep violent criminals in prison longer. Some of the prisoners being released on parole are returning to commit more crimes such as the two career criminals who were arrested for the murder of a woman pushing a baby stroller.

  7. - crazybleedingheart - Monday, Aug 29, 16 @ 1:32 pm:

    With a safety net that resembles a raging dumpster fire, anyone suggesting spending a solitary dime on more prison should volunteer to be the first severe threat to public safety to go away for a very, very long time.

  8. - Federalist - Monday, Aug 29, 16 @ 2:08 pm:

    @Just Observing


    Make it legal and sold and taxed through a legal process.

  9. - Jerry - Monday, Aug 29, 16 @ 2:52 pm:

    Here’s a radical idea in the Land of the Free and the Home and the brave:

    Only lock up the violent criminals, just like we did for 3000 or so years. It’s easy, if it was a crime 100 years ago, it’s still a crime. If it’s a new “crime” (like poisoning oneself), then it should be taxed to death.

    Now, back to enjoying life….

  10. - Jerry - Monday, Aug 29, 16 @ 2:52 pm:

    *home of the brave*

  11. - Amalia - Monday, Aug 29, 16 @ 2:52 pm:

    Prison population should be dependent on one thing….need to incarcerate. Not money. Not love of community justice (whatever that is). but need to keep people away from others. Once upon a time, Minnesota had a prison matrix that required sentencing to depend upon space available. That meant that a sexual assault convict could get a different sentence if he (most always he) got lucky and got a sentence when the prisons were almost full. that kind of nonsense gets other people victimized. cost should not be the question. the purpose of prison is to keep people out of society. many, many of those convicted should never ever even get a chance to get out. violence is real.

  12. - georgeatt - Thursday, Sep 1, 16 @ 3:19 pm:

    Just as the Vehicle Insurance Industry are not concerned by marijuana impaired driving (they know the facts because facts equate with money), I see no reason to not legalize based on impaired driving fears. Some studies have shown the amount of THc is not indicative of impairment even at high levels.

Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.

* Question of the day: Golden Horseshoe Awards
* Quick mayoral roundup
* Ives backs Krupa even after allegations emerge
* Did Dahleen Glanton nail it? We'll know soon enough
* An army of one
* Thanks!
* SB 1226 Endangers Safe Drinking Water & Public Health
* I just don't see it happening
* Yesterday's stories

Visit our advertisers...







Main Menu
Pundit rankings
Subscriber Content
Blagojevich Trial
Updated Posts

December 2018
November 2018
October 2018
September 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
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


RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0

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