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Budget Restraints Cause Concerns For Illinois Prisons

Budget constraints are creating real safety concerns in Illinois' prison system for some legislators. State Senator Shane Cultra says the Illinois Department of Corrections is already short-staffed and could lose up to one-thousand guards over the next year because of retirements. Cultra is joined in his concern by fellow Senator John O. Jones. Both Jones and Cultra have several prisons in their districts. Jones and Cultra said they want to see a combination of early release programs and new hires to combat the discrepancy.

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