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There may be some controversial proposals in a report Illinois’ governor ordered to reform the state’s criminal justice system, but the governor says the state must take them head on.

Visiting with the Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform Thursday Governor Bruce Rauner thanked commission members for work he says is critically important. Rauner says some of the proposed reforms could be controversial.

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Some of the recommendations include giving judges discretion to sentence probation for residential burglary, class 2 felonies and drug law violations, removing barriers keeping those convicted of crimes from obtaining professional licenses, and prevent the use of prison for felons with short lengths of stay, among other suggestions.

Rauner says the state has to be honest about the issues spanning from racial disparities in the criminal justice system to drug laws and sentencing provisions.

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