The Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) is reporting the lowest inmate population Illinois has witnessed in almost five years. Yet, facilities remain overcrowded and population numbers continue to be a concern as state resources are stretched.
According to the IDOC’s quarterly report, as of May 2015, Illinois’ prisons had 47,483 inmates in custody. Although a decline in population figures is promising, state prison facilities are only designed to accommodate 32,000 prisoners. To read the full quarterly report, visit the Illinois Department of Correction’s website by clicking here.
To combat skyrocketing prison figures, this past February Governor Rauner issued an Executive Order creating a commission charged with identifying ways to reform the criminal justice system of Illinois and reduce the prison population. The goal of the commission is to have the prison population drop by 25 percent over the next ten years.
The Illinois State Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform has met throughout the spring and summer (You can listen to meeting audio and access meeting materials here), issuing an initial report of their findings on July 1. More information can be found at the Commission's website.