Lawmakers are looking at changing the state's sentencing code. Their goal is to get people out of the prison system if they're in for petty crimes and make room for people who are convicted on more serious charges, like murder and rape. Kathy Saltmarsh with the Illinois Sentencing Policy Advisory Council says there are other ways to treat low-level offenders.
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Illinois' prison system is currently holding thousands more inmates than it's designed to house. Saltmarsh says many of the current inmates are repeat offenders. She says they'd be less likely to go back to prison if they were offered some sort of therapy or education. But DOC officials say they have a hard time providing the services because their money is tight.