Courts & Crime

Some early release inmates in Illinois back in prison

Of the 63 metro-east inmates released early because of the Illinois' budget woes, 10 are already back in prison for violating their parole.

"The Department of Corrections have been releasing inmates at an alarming pace. It's an extremely high cost to public safety," St. Clair County State's Attorney Bob Haida said.

"I understand the fiscal situation, but I see public safety as one of the highest priorities in state government, and there doesn't always seem to be a recognition of that in Springfield."

The 63 inmates from St. Clair, Madison, Monroe, Clinton and Randolph counties were part of the 1,718 inmates released in late September through early December as part of Gov. Pat Quinn and Illinois Department of Corrections Director Mike Randle's attempt to cut costs.

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