More people are gettinglocked up in Illinois and now lawmakers must find a way to cut the costs,. John Maki, with the John Howard Association, says the answer is to only imprison violent offenders and seek diversionary programs for others.
John Maki with the John Howard Association says reform has been a long time coming.
The Inmate population is at an all-time high with corrections facilities at 144-percent over capacity. Representative Art Turner has proposed a bill that would begin to address the issue.