Some Illinois prisoners may get out early

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on February 23, 2013 at 9:55 PM

Updated Sunday, Feb 24 at 12:34 AM

(KMOV.com) – Some Illinois prisoners may soon eligible for early release because the state’s prisons are full.

Three years ago Gov. Pat Quinn suspended a program that let prisoners go early because journalists from the Associated Press discovered Department of Corrections was taking shortcuts.

On Friday, the department announced a revamped sentence credit program. The state of Illinois houses 49,000 prisoners. The system only has space for 33,000.

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