Gov. Pritzker signs executive order on criminal justice reform

Gov. Pritzker signs executive order on criminal justice reform
(Source: KFVS)

CHICAGO, IL (KFVS) - Illinois Governor JB Pritzker has taken executive action on criminal justice reform in the state by establishing the Justice, Equity and Opportunity (JEO) Initiative.

The JEO Initiative will conduct research, pilot programs and advocate for legislation.

The top priority of the JEO initiative will be to address needed reforms at the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC).

IDOC reportedly has 43,000 prisoners in the system, which is roughly 11,000 more than what it was built to house.

According to Gov. Pritzker’s office, violent crime in Illinois increased 18 percent between 2016 and 2017, more than $1.3 billion is spent on IDOC yearly and nearly 48 percent of inmates released from prison will return within the following three years.

The JEO Initiative is expected to change these statistics.

The group will submit a report to the Office of the Governor within 90 days with goals set for the first year. Then on January 1 of each year the initiative will deliver a report of accomplishments, challenges and goals for the following year.

The JEO Initiative will be led by Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton and will have three full-time staff members within her office.

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