Quinn Grapples with Prison Cuts Amid Budget Mess

Springfield, IL – A bipartisan group tapped by IL Gov. Pat Quinn says financial cuts to the state's corrections system might include closing some prisons and releasing low-risk inmates. And while it's unclear whether Quinn will follow the Taxpayer Action Board's recommendations in June, Quinn is showing signs that its tips may have gotten his attention.

Recently, the governor announced plans to shed some 1,000 corrections jobs. Those include more than 400 at six prisons by the end of next month. He's considering releasing nonviolent offenders and perhaps "downsizing" some prisons. Critics claim that any cuts to the prison system could further endanger the corrections staff they say already is out manned.