IL Gov Suspends Inmate “Meritorious Good Time” Program


Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn suspended a program that allowed hundreds of inmates to be released early by earning credit for good behavior, reports the Chicago Tribune. Quinn said his office will review the Illinois Department of Corrections’ “meritorious good time” release program, which came under fire after an analysis showed some inmates with past convictions for drunken driving, battery, and weapons violations spent mere weeks behind bars before release.

Under the program, corrections chief Michael Randle may grant any inmate 90 days’ worth of credit based on their behavior while behind bars. The Associated Press found found hundreds of inmates getting the good-conduct credit immediately on entering prison; more than 850 inmates have been released under the program since September.

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