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Illinois prison overcrowding and costs prompt new, "smart" approach to offenders

Jun 10, 2015

Thanks to concerns about the expense of prison overcrowding in Illinois but also due to increased understanding of effective approaches to reduce recidivism and to keep juveniles away from prison, Illinois state government has been on a decade-long run of enacting “smart on crime” legislation.

It began with the 2004 passage of legislation to create Redeploy Illinois, a pilot program in a handful of counties agreeing to a 25 percent reduction in the number of teens sent to state prisons and, in exchange, receiving grants to pay for rehabilitation and social supports for those youth in their home…

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