Rauner Convenes (Another) Task Force On Sentencing

Feb 11, 2015

Gov. Bruce Rauner on Wednesday signed an executive order creating a commission to look at sentencing policy in Illinois. He was flanked by officials from the criminal justice system at a news conference in the Sangamon County Building in Springfield.
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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner announced Wednesday he would convene a commission to look at criminal justice policy.

State prisons in Illinois are at 150 percent of the capacity they were built to house. They also cost taxpayers $1.3 billion a year. And many inmates, once released, go on to commit more crimes. Rauner says that’s unacceptable.

"It is a vicious and costly cycle," Rauner says. "We need to make sure we are rehabilitating inmates, so they don’t commit crimes over and over again."

To that end, he’s handpicking a task force to study the issue. With that, he’s not breaking new ground — Senate President John Cullerton announced a similar, bipartisan effort last month. And yet another group of lawmakers looked at some of these same issues last year.

Rauner wants a report from his commission by the end of 2015.