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DUI Offenders Released Early, Now Sent Back to Prison

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In an effort to save taxpayers $5 million a year, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn released 204 "low-level, nonviolent offenders" early from prison to be places on house arrest/electronic monitoring.  Of these 204 inmates, 18 were felony DUI drivers and 40 were burglars.  Amidst pressure from the MADD organization, "a decision was made to eliminate any and all DUI offenders from the electronic-detention program," said Corrections Department spokeswoman Januari Smith. The 18 DUI offenders were taken back to prison to serve the remainder of their sentence.  The 40 burglars did not return to prison.


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