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criminal justice
2:29 pm
Sun December 29, 2013

Illinois Sends $7 Million To Prison Diversion Program

The Adult Redeploy Illinois program aims to funnel non-violent offenders away from prison, into local supervision and treatment.
Credit (Flickr/neil conway)

 

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn’s office has announced $7 million in grants aimed at funneling non-violent offenders away from prison and into community-based services. 

The funds come through Adult Redeploy Illinois, a program that encourages local jurisdictions to treat and supervise certain offenders, using tools like drug courts and mental health courts.

Quinn's office says the program saves up to $17,000 per year for each offender.

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Project EARN
3:38 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

U.S. Attorney General Praises Mo. Federal Drug Court As National Model

Attorney General Eric Holder listens to Project EARN graduate Donnie Westrich on November 14, 2013.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Attorney General Eric Holder says the federal drug court established by the Eastern District of Missouri is exactly the kind of program needed to help address the country's soaring prison population.

"It's a holistic approach here," Holder said. "You have the court system, the prosecutor, the public defender's office the probation office. We just saw that this was kind of what we envisioned. It was something that we wanted to highlight and them duplicate."

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