Governor Appoints Members Of Criminal Justice Reform Commission

Representatives John Cabello and Brian Stewart, two members of the Illinois House Republican Caucus with experience in law enforcement, were appointed to the 28-member panel. 

“The current prison system is costly, overcrowded and ineffective,” stated Governor Bruce Rauner as he announced the appointments on Tuesday, March 3.  “We need to reform the system to stop the vicious and costly cycle of recidivism and help those who’ve left prison get the help they need to become productive members of society.  This will ultimately save taxpayers money and protect the safety of the public.” 

The Commission has been asked to look at ways to reduce Illinois’ prison population by 25% over a 10-year period.  It is expected to look at further differentiating between repeat violent criminals on the one hand, and first-time perpetrators of nonviolent offenses on the other.  The Commission may hold hearings in any location throughout the State.  The Commission will receive staff support from the Office of the Governor and from the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, the State think tank that has gathered information since the 1980s on Illinois criminal justice issues.