Closing Tamms offers Illinois a unique opportunity to re-examine the use of solitary confinement in all of its prison facilities. We should not let voices of alarm about public safety deter state officials from looking at the use of solitary confinement.
Quinn is smart to look to the state's prison system to save taxpayer money. But to have a real impact on the state's fiscal health, Illinois must look beyond closing prisons and work toward ending our over-reliance on incarceration.
One of the more positive things to result from deteriorating state budgets across the nation is that some state lawmakers are looking to smart criminal justice reform as a way to trim budgets. One such change began yesterday in Illinois.