A program designed to keep non-violent offenders out of prison has saved Illinois taxpayers millions of dollars over the last four years according to data released last week. Program Director Mary Ann Dyar reports that taxpayers have saved nearly 50 million dollars over that period. She tells The Big Z that more than 2000 people have gone through the ReDeploy Illinois program in the last two years, which has yielded significant savings to taxpayers.

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The program allows participating counties to receive state grants to fund efforts to keep low level, non-violent offenders out of prison. Governor Bruce Rauner believes the ReDeploy program is an important tool to ease prison overcrowding and has said that he wants to keep it up and running.


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