CHICAGO (CBS) — Saying he wants the state to do more to keep people out of prison, Gov. Bruce Rauner has formed a commission to study possible changes to the state’s criminal justice system.
The governor signed an executive order compelling the panel to look into ways to reduce the state’s prison population, and present its proposals to him by July 1.
Rauner acknowledged many advocates and agencies already have conducted studies on the state’s criminal justice system, and recommended ways to overhaul courts and prisons, but he said he wants a more focused approach.
“There’s always data flowing around. We need it focused; we need it concentrated; we need to make sure every interest group is reflected at the table; that the right experts are brought into bear, and this is done on a coordinated and managed basis, not on a disorganized basis,” Rauner said. “This will be done right, it will be comprehensive, and it will be done on a prompt timeframe.”