Lawmakers heard from prison reform groups and family members of crime victims August 25 at the second meeting of the Illinois Joint Investigatory Panel on Early Release.

The Panel is examining controversial early-release programs in Illinois, including one unpublicized program established under Governor Pat Quinn that allowed the early release of nearly 2,000 prisoners, including violent offenders.

The early-release programs were the subject of a highly critical report from retired Judge David Erickson released August 13, two days after the first Joint Panel meeting in Peoria. That report concluded that Quinn’s Department of Corrections failed to adequately protect public safety and released inmates early for “meritorious” behavior “simply by virtue of being delivered into DOC (Department of Corrections) custody.”

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