Illinois Governor Pat Quinn insists the state prison system is NOT overcrowded. There are about 49 thousand inmates in facilities built for 32 thousand people:
"I feel that the prisons of our state, and every other state frankly, are crowded. In Illinois we have adequate number of beds to handle the inmates we currently have."
But Illinois spends 98 percent of its budget just housing the inmates, leaving little money for education or job training. Quinn says he'd obviously like to bring down the prison population because it costs more than 20 thousand dollars a year to house each inmate.
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