The Associated Press is reporting that they have obtained and reviewed records obtained from the Illinois Department of Corrections which show that since September of this year, approximately 850 inmates have been released weeks earlier than they ordinarily would be. Apparently the Illinois Department of Corrections is in the process of abandoning their policy of requiring that prisoners serve a minimum amount of time in prison. Instead of serving 61 days on a one year prison sentence, some inmates are being released after serving as little as 11 days. The Associated Press has obtained an internal memo from the Illinois Department of Corrections which describes this new practice as the "MGT Push" which stands for "meritorious good time." This new policy is an attempt to save money.
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