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Some Illinois prisoners may get out early

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The Thomson Correctional Center, is seen Monday, Nov. 16, 2009, in Thomson, Ill. Federal officials are at a prison in northwest Illinois that the government might buy to house Guantanamo Bay detainees. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green) By Spencer Green The Thomson Correctional Center, is seen Monday, Nov. 16, 2009, in Thomson, Ill. Federal officials are at a prison in northwest Illinois that the government might buy to house Guantanamo Bay detainees. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green) By Spencer Green

(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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