SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn’s prison plan goes beyond closing eight facilities. Drug-abuse treatment and job training would be cut by more than $12 million.

Critics say the cuts would make a crowded system more crowded. John Maki of the prison watchdog John Howard Association tells The (Bloomington) Pantagraph that eliminating those services would mean more ex-convicts back in prison because they’re not prepared for the streets.

Quinn’s proposal for the budget year that begins in July would close two maximum-security prisons and six halfway houses along with drug and jobs programs the Corrections Department has yet to specify.

Sheridan and Southwestern Illinois correctional centers specialize in drug treatment. Their services would be affected but spokeswoman Stacey Solano says the agency is looking for other prisons to specialize too.

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Comments (2)
  1. Eric Quinnell says:

    This is a very extremely poor thought out plan. Recovery and treatment can save millions and help prisoners get on the right track and succeed . Not to mention get to know more about themselves that they did not know during their haze of addiction and their time in prison. With recovery the odds are much greater for work and much better life and not end up targeted back into the system costing the state much more money. My nickname is Quinn and this is embarrassing for you to try use this method to save money. If anything think about building more treatment facilities so people can get easier and get their lives back together to further benifit themselves and your economy.

  2. Rogers says:

    I think its awesome!!! I work there and see how the inmates “fake it to make it.” They all tell me this as if they are pretending to get help in exchange for good time and shortened sentencing. That’s the trade off for being in the program…these guys don’t care about getting better, they care about getting out earlier so they can get out there faster and do it all over again. It’s wastefull speniding.

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