Bills introduced in both the Illinois House and Senate would bring back the early release prison program Meritorious Good Time, or MGT, a program that Gov. Pat Quinn suspended in 2010, while running for election. MGT reduces sentences of non-violent inmates for good behavior. It is meant to reduce overcrowding in an Illinois prison system that has 49,000 inmates, but the capacity to hold just 33,700 prisoners.
Quinn suspended the program amid criticism that some prisoners who were released early then went on to commit more crimes. A spokesman for Quinn told WBEZ that the governor is open to working with the state legislature on a new early release program.