The number of inmates in Illinois prisons has dropped by 9 percent since Governor Bruce Rauner took office nearly two years ago. Governor Rauner set a goal of reducing the prison population by 25 percent by the year 2025. A nice dent has already been made, with 43,807 inmates now housed by the Illinois Department of Corrections. The Governor says they have really tried to focus on rehabilitating offenders.
Efforts to rehabilitate inmates include making sure they have a state ID card as they are released from prison and identifying offenders who might benefit from substance abuse treatment.