Prisoners could be released early

A proposal in Illinois to make elderly prisoners over 50 that have served more than 25 years eligible for release has advanced to the full House on Tuesday with a 4-3 vote of the House Restorative Justice Committee. Supporters say that the proposal will help with over-crowding and will cut down on costs as elderly prisoners are harder to care for in the jails. Prisoners would have to go through a screening process and would have to be presented before the Prisoner Review Board. Opponents say that it infringes on the rights of victims and is unconstitutional. There are an estimated 800 inmates that qualify for the program.

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