Illinois Issues: Are Correctional Boot Camps Underutilized?


The DuQuoin Impact Incarceration Program can hold up to 300 men. In early May, there were just 28. One of the facility's dorms acts as a storage room for used bunk beds and mattresses.

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The state of Illinois has a problem with its prison boot camps: too many empty beds.

The Department of Corrections runs two military-style programs in DuQuoin and Dixon Springs. But the facilities are at just 12 percent of capacity. Illinois lawmakers are trying to boost that number.

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Gary Ricke2019