Gov. Bruce Rauner’s Criminal Justice Reform Commission delivered its final report Tuesday that aims to reduce Illinois’ prison population and improve public safety.
The report includes 13 new recommendations to expand on what the commission gave to the governor last year, with 27 proposed changes total.
“The commission identified a number of avenues to transform Illinois’ criminal justice system to safely reduce the prison population,” Rodger Heaton, the commission’s chairman and state’s public safety director, said in a written statement. “These recommendations if implemented fully and executed effectively will achieve the governor’s goal of reducing the prison population by 25 percent in 10 years.” […]
Some of the new recommendations include increasing rehabilitative and treatment services in high-need communities; collecting data on race and ethnicity at every point of the criminal justice system for analysis; training on racial and ethnic bias for employees working in the criminal justice system; and readjusting sentence recommendations to focus on rehabilitation while still holding people accountable for their crimes.
The full report is here. Go check it out and tell us what you think.