New: Public Statement May 31, 2017

Prison Reform and Recidivism Reduction Efforts Thwarted by Illinois Budget Impasse

Illinois, the fifth largest state in the United States, is on the verge of entering a third year without a state budget; this is the longest any state has gone without a budget in modern history.  As May 2017 draws to a close, the State is running a deficit of close to $6 billion, owes approximately $14.5 billion in overdue bills and will owe an estimated $800 million in late fees and interest payments on these overdue bills.[1] The inability of Governor Rauner and the Illinois General Assembly to finalize and pass a budget has been extremely detrimental to the citizens of this state.  Statewide cuts have landed many Illinoisans in grim situations due to reductions in services, programs and increased job losses.  The Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC), like most state agencies, has been gravely affected by the budget impasse; our prisons have experienced the crippling effects of the ongoing budget crisis in terms of service, treatment and program reductions and eliminations, lost contracts, unattended physical plant issues, and in countless other ways.  Read more.