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Excerpts from recent editorials in newspapers in Illinois

September 4, 2016

The (Champaign) News-Gazette

Illinois' costly prison problem

Inmate population has declined. Why and for how long?

Concerned about overcrowded prisons, Gov. Bruce Rauner appointed a commission to study the issue and make recommendations on how to reduce the state's prison population by 25 percent over the next decade.

The commission issued its report earlier this year. Its recommendations included giving judges more discretion in fashioning probation sentences rather than prison, expanded use of home electronic monitoring and offering more educational programs and drug abuse and mental health counseling.

There was nothing...