(Chicago, IL) — Governor Bruce Rauner is touting the fact that the number of inmates in Illinois prisons has dropped by nine-percent since he took office. Rauner is partway to his goal of having the prison population decline by 25-percent by the year 2025. He says making that happen involves working to ensure that offenders don’t repeat their crimes. He says just punishing people won’t change things unless the root cause for a person turning to crime is addressed first. Often, that root cause is mental illness or addiction. Rauner says the solution involves treating those underlying issues and helping ex-offenders find jobs.
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