Justice, Prison Reforms Rare Chance for Illinois Compromise

Springfield (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner wants to reduce the number of inmates in Illinois’ overcrowded prison system over the next decade. And it’s an area where he’s willing to devote money at a time when he’s urging lawmakers to be prudent with spending in other places. Reforming the state’s criminal justice system presents the first-term Republican governor with a rare opportunity to find agreement with legislators. Rauner’s first year in office has been defined by a budget stalemate with lawmakers now in its seventh month. A group convened by Rauner has recommended several reforms, including allowing judge’s more discretion to sentence offenders to parole and improving prison rehabilitation programs.