Half of prisoners released early back in custody

April 16, 2010 5:31:29 PM PDT
Nearly half of the prisoners released as part of Illinois' controversial money saving 'early release' plan are back in trouble with the law.

Last fall, more than 1,700 inmates were released early through a plan called "MGT Push" that took time off of sentences for good behavior.

The Department of Corrections' latest numbers show 766 of the inmates are now back in custody. One hundred and nineteen of the inmates are considered absent without leave and warrants have been issued for their arrest.

Governor Quinn cancelled the early release program late last year after it was revealed that some prisoners spent less than three weeks behind bars.