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A New Push for Get Out of Jail Early
By stlouis.cbslocal.com - Jim Anderson
Published: 04/11/2012

CHICAGO, Ill. (IRN) - A burgeoning prison population may force Illinois to bring back an early release program and the idea is being pushed by a prison reform group.

Meritorious Good Time was in place in the Illinois Department of Corrections for 30 years. It allowed low-level offenders to get out of prison up to six months before their sentences expired, if they had behaved well in prison.

It was suspended two years ago when it became a campaign issue in the Democratic primary for governor, in particular because there had been a rule requiring anyone who ended up in the Department of Corrections to serve at least 60 days, and that rule was waived under a so-called MGT-Push program to relieve overcrowding in prison.

Many offenders serve much of their time in county jails, either as they await adjudication of their cases, or even post-sentencing if the state system is not ready to accept them.

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