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Gov. Quinn Appoints Former Judge To Head Meritorious Good Time Review

Judge David Erickson will Lead Comprehensive Examination

Gov. Pat Quinn today named legal and criminal justice expert Judge David A. Erickson to lead a comprehensive review of the Department of Correction’s Meritorious Good Time program.

Gov. Quinn recently suspended that program while it undergoes a comprehensive evaluation.

“Judge Erickson is a noted criminal law professor, an ex- judge and a former prosecutor,” said Gov. Quinn.

“His real world experience and deep understanding of the criminal justice system prepares him for this very important task. On behalf of the people of Illinois, I thank him for taking on this vital mission.”

Judge Erickson, who will be an unpaid advisor to the Governor, will conduct a top-to-bottom review of the Meritorious Good Time program.

He will head a team that includes Jerome Stermer, Governor Quinn’s chief of staff and Theodore Chung, general counsel to Governor Quinn.

Judge Erickson will review every aspect of the Department of Correction’s Meritorious Good Time program and present a report to the Governor with deliberate speed.

The review’s goals include, creating policies and procedures that make sure the program’s first concern is always public safety and maintaining the integrity of the criminal justice system and the courts’ sentencing of offenders.

“I thank the governor for the opportunity and promise a complete open review of the process,” said Judge Erickson.

Judge Erickson is Senior Lecturer in Law at Chicago-Kent College of Law.

A graduate of John Marshall Law School in 1976, Judge Erickson has served with distinction as: Justice for the Appellate Court of Illinois (1st District); Trial judge and acting-presiding judge at Juvenile Justice; First Assistant State’s Attorney for Cook County, Criminal Courts; Felony Trial Court Judge and Supervising Judge Night Narcotics Courts; and Assistant States Attorney in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. (Background sheet attached).

Governor Quinn ordered the suspension of the Meritorious Good Time effort after some concerns regarding the program surfaced.

Under Illinois law, the Department of Corrections can issue credit for meritorious good time served by inmates.

“My mandate to the Department of Corrections is that the public’s safety always comes first. A top-to-bottom review of this program will make sure that we never waver from this all-important goal,” said Governor Quinn.

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  27. lynn says:

    I think it is very improtant to bring back good time, their so many familes missing there loves one who shouldn’t have got so long in jail. Children are suffering even more being rasied by other people that really don’t care about some else child. please bring back the good time so that these men and woman can re-join with there familes. Family is so important and I think this country forget about children furture. That’s why we have so many people in jail for little things. I could go on and on about this system that we live with that’s not right.

  28. daniel john says:

    taxpayer’s complain about paying higher taxes because our prisons are full! Does this not show that crime does not stop even when the convicted are already locked-up. Let the non-volient offenders return home on bracelets. Give the responisability to them to there families and save some MONEY!!!!

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  31. Erynn Kolaczkowski says:

    My Husband is incarcerated and if the good time comes back he will be home in September but of course we know nothing. As the public we have the right to know what is going on. This is all so unfair everyone should not be punished due to the act of a few people, the inmates deserve their good time and we deserve to know what is going on. We all keep getting the run around and it is getting old fast. We deserve to know when our loved ones are coming home and I pray everyday for the good time to come back. Can we have some answers Please?

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    When exactly will we know the progress of the Meritorious Good Time? The release of those inmates whom were not charged with a violent crime should not have an impact on this. I believe Gov. Quinn made the right decision when he proposed that. The prison’s are overcrowded as well as the county jails. One should not have to suffer to due to someone else’s beliefs. Please review and consider all possibilities before you all decide that the good time is not needed. Thank you

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  40. C.L. SIMPSON says:

    MY KIDS FATHER HAS BEEN LOCKED UP FOR 16 MONTHS WE HAVE 4 CHILDREN 1 WHO HAS A CRONIC ILLNESS CALLED HYDROCEPHALUS (FLUID ON THE BRAIN) SHE IS CONSTINTLY IN AND OUT OF THE HOSPITAL DUE TO BRAIM DAMAGE! MY CHILDREN NEED THEIR FATHER HE IS MISSING OUT ON THE MOST IMPORTANT TIMES OF OUR LIVES! HE HAS SERVED HIS TIME AND LEARNED A LESSON BUT OUR FAMILY IS BROKEN WITHOUT HIM! PLEASE BRING BACK THAT 6 MONTHS GOOD TIME! JUST LET IT BE A LIMIT TO WHO GETS IT AND TINGS WILL GO THE WAY PLANNED!! THANKS FOR YOUR TIME!

    SIGNED,

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  41. Towonder T says:

    Please release the good time..Asap

  42. Ashley says:

    Will inmates ever get good time back

  43. megin steeb says:

    I was just released from Dwight Corr Center last month after serving 9 months for a probation violation. I understand that people look at us like we are nothing because we have been to prison, but that isnt always the case. People make mistakes and noone is perfect. Do you know that half of women incarcerated are drug addicts who just have a disease? I believe that non violent offenders just recieve their 90′s. They have children and families to go home to. Prison doesnt offer the appropriate programs half the offenders need. I met alot of great people who just messed up and really desreve to go home.

    • W.Anderson says:

      my fiance has been away for 10 months for a probabtion violation, his release day is july 31 with out the good time, with he will be home in january, we have a 10month old a 2 year old nd a 4 year old they all need they daddy, hes not a bad guy he just made a mistake, when its not even 100% his fault becuz his probabtion officer slacked nd never got in contact with him since 2007, nd winter of 2009 comes around nd she wanted to pop bak up, he got to spend 1 week with his new son its sad nd hurtful, he had a job nd took care of home, nd now i had to take on a 2nd job quit school to support my family. i pray the 6 months come back. our family needs him home.

      • S.Wilson says:

        I understand where you are comming from I just had my first child in August 2010 and his father got to only spend 2 weeks with him as well and without this good time he will miss everything my prayers go out to you. Not everyone that go to jail get back out and commit crime again my heart hurts too I think if we all just keep sending letters to the the governer an also going to the website and sending emails, calling springfield explaining to them that these inmates do have families that care and that they do come from a family with values then mabey something will happen I was just looking at the news and this idiot just got out on jail in sept 2010 and now he is on the news for killing a cop so there is another reason for them to blame the program. Everyone is not alike if so we would have all came from the same person an look the same just keep praying because I am

  44. bethany says:

    i agree good time should be brought back , my kids father is a very good father he has a 6 year old a 3 year old and a 10 month old and he is the best father a kid could ever want. and he is in prison for missing appt with his probation officer he got sentenced 18 mo but has to serve 9,i am thankful for that. but i dont think he should have to serve 9, maybe 61 days jus6t to teach him a lesson , but i love him his family loves him, and his kids love him and we all want him to come home the baby will not even know him when he gets out, just please bring back good time, i want my kids father to get out before february 12th 2010 PLEASE and Thankyou Bethany A

  45. michele says:

    Good time should be brought back not everyone is there for a violent crimes.

  46. Danielle says:

    My husband is in prison for chipping a counter at the jail. He has missed both his son and daughters birthday his mine anniversarys etc… He’s been gone already for 11 months and still looking at a bit of time. I dont see why people that are in prison for the first time cant get the early relaese or people that dont start fights or get in trouble in the prison. He had one drunken night thats not only hurting him but hurting his wife two children and family also. PLEASE BRING BACK THE MERITORIOUS GOOD TIME!!! Thank you for hearing me out Danielle G

  47. W.Anderson says:

    i hoping the 6 months come back. my kids have been without their father for 9months, he was suspose to come home january 31st, now with the 6 months gone he wont til july. i dnt think its fair for the ones who reason for being in idoc, my fiance is there because of a failed visit to his p.o. his behavior is great and hedoes everything he is susupose to and hes wanting to get into school but the teachers dont come everyday so he cant continue his eduacation due to 1 missed visit, but everybody always talks about eduacation. suspending the 6 months for everybody just wasnt fair in my eyes

  48. Monique Bridges says:

    What about good time for people that are locked up because Cook County Sheriff police can charge someone with a felony and get away it with when they were the one that was attacked and becuase you dont have money for a lawyer you have to take a rap for getting beat by the police officer and then charged twice for a same offense. My son was on his way home from a concert his girlfriend following behind, this was a high school concert no drinking involved his nephew was in a band preforming, a drinking party was going on five guys in a car flew out at my son he swerved his car and almost ran into parked cars, of course my son lost his temper and hit the guys car with his hand and put a dent in the guys hood and left, traffic altercation. Of course they got my sons plate number and someone at the party called the police. Officer Vlahos called our house phone and said I am coming to get you so be ready. when he came to my house to get my son he never asked him what happened or how anything started, it was cold out my son had no tee shirt on, as he took my son , my son never resisted , I was getting my slippers on and I heard my son yell, owe why did you do that. My son was trying to say something as I came out officer Vlahos threw him in the back seat I thought that was ignorant because my son never said or did anything. What I missed as I got my slippers on came to be why he yelled before Vlahos took him away I know my son was trying to tell me something so he was cuffed and did not have full strength so he barley tapped his head off the window and the Cook County officer said if my son breaks the window I will charge him with a feloney, so I told this officer can I talk to my son and calm him down if you could just open the door I will find out what he is trying to say. As soon as officer Vlahos opened the door I seen why my son was upset officer Vlahos before he cuffed him and put him in the car whipped him across the chest with his handcuffs. When the squad door opened my son thru his chest towards the light of the squad and you can see the chain of the handcuffs and the handcuff marks across my sons bare chest. I stopped at the party on 48th and Long and the guy that my son hit a dent into his car admitted his friends did start the trouble and I asked would he tell the superviser this when she comes back. I could not get anyone to return to this party they were al busy the police officers I called everyone in Bridgeview no one would help and the lady superviser said she was to tired she would not investigate it. I hurried down to Maywood lockup because I was afraid Officer Vlahos would be my son more and I stayed there for like four hours waiting for him to release my son it was a traffic altecation, I told officer Vlahos when you release my son I will take pictures of his chest. At that point officer Vlahos went out and washed his car and he came back and said I am keeping your sona nd charging him with a feloney , i said for what, he said I washed my car and I seen a little water in the back window ,so I think the window is broke and I am charging him with a feloney, so my son took the rap for this, he beat my sona nd so I could not take pictures and the lady superviser would not check out my sons story, my son got two years probation, 120 community service/cleanup and then they went after him again when he left a neighborhood bar bar, he stopped in for two drinks after work and some guy got his window broke they had a discription of the vehicle of the guy who broke the guys window at the bar my son was on his way home on foot and they arrested him, yet they had a vehicle description and my sons car was at home and never fit the vehichle description, the cop pulled him in and the lady from the bar called my brother and said that she thought this Cook County officer had my son and it was funny because he left with his friend that night so I thought he just stayed thaere. So I caled the county they said they had him again I said what for now they said no charges was placed to call the arresting officer and the arresting officer told me I dont know what to charge him for yet, he said I have to charge him for something, he told me to call him in an hour he’ll let me know because it would not look good if he arrested him and didnt have anything to go in front of the Judge with and he told me I know I will charge him with another broken window to a sqaud, So now my son is sitting bevause the officer seen that the other officer got away with it. Where is justice now for my son who is sitting because of two lying Cook County Sheriff officers why cant someone question these officers where is the help for my son and I, where is justice for my son. He never did anything wrong. The lady said the guy at the bar left the bar so he wouldnt be there when the cops came becasue he was so wasted the police officer probably had to go find him and try to force him to press charges but the description was never my sons vehicle. Where is our help here. Do you think someone will help us, Anita Alverez who is suppose to be looking at corruption on the Cook County police department. Bring the six months back because like for in my sons case how many people are sitting for an unjust reason.If anyone out here can help me iwth this then e-mail. This breaks my heart that this can go on and these officers can get away with this. How many people are locked up like my son on false charges made by police officers. When I was right there when the police officer hit my son. Why dont someone ask if the officer ever got the story from the other side and not just what they think happened.

    • rose hodges says:

      I think that is just terrible what you and your son experienced…….that was outrageous! Not saying that all cops are bad but they do not set good examples at all! How would they like for someone to do that to their kids, mom or dad…..how dare they. It’s a shame you cannot trust them! I personally don’t care for them just because of the low down dirty shameful things they do.

  49. L.Friess says:

    just bring back good time,,,, please. no good time means more crime but the crime will be in the prisons because the inmates are going to go nuts…. at least bring it back for 1st time flyers, or to inmates that show positive behavior.

    • quaya aikens says:

      i could not agree with you more because my husband is locked up for a parole violation they gave him two years but he have to do eleven months he would get out january or feburary of 2011 if they bring good time back i pray they bring it back because we have five kids he has missed there bdays mu bday xmas he is going to miss his bday this is his first time and he has learned his lesson so please release him.

  50. misty elliott says:

    I have three children with someone who is currently encarcerated in IDOC. When he initially went the good time was still going on so we let our children know that when they saw snow that their daddy would be home, we also were encouraged because they were still going to let non-violent offenders out early at that time and he would have qualified, now not only will he not be one of the ones to get out early, but we do not even know at this point when he will be home. It has been frustrating to all of us, because with getting no kind of for sure anwer we don’t know whether to prepare the kids for the reality that he may not come home in time, or wait it out, because no one is giving us any kind of straight forward answers. All we can do is have faith that when it comes his time to get out he will. I really feel for the inmates and their families who were suppose to already have gotten out. It is just not right what is going on and something needs to change quickly.

  51. Donna Schey says:

    I would also like to know what is going on with good time this is insane my fiance and brother are in prison want me to get anwsers don’t know where to start pretty usuall for our government always have an anwser to everything on t.v. but my god don’t put them on the spot and want a true anwser it’s not going to happen I think no one ever reads these posts, but don’t know who to call, just another run around.

  52. jennifer says:

    there is already a petition out there on il prison talk forum with 4552 signatures already taken. just log on and have any and everybody you know sign it. What they fail 2 realize is that we as family members still have the ability to vote and imagine what the institutions will be like if you don’t give this mgt back. You think the inmates are stressed out and upset now trying to figure out when it’s coming back. this is costing more than saving more. Like said before those non violent offenders who have earned it shouldn’t pay for Quinn’s fuck up. If he does not implement this time back i wouldn’t give a damn if a broke legged dog ran i would vote for him before i voted for quinn. IL POLITICS GOTTA LOVE IT!! not so much.

    • lynn says:

      I think you are right the good time need’s to come back, becuase we are spending more money to house imates. If we give back the good time it will cut some spending cost in jail plus their could be more funding for the programs they are talking about cutting. This why it’s so important for everyone to vote.

  53. Linda J. says:

    I am asking does anyone know what is going on? My friend took a plea for a non-violent crime and was told he would only do 6 months. He was awarded his first 90 days in December, and denied the second 90 because it was to early to grant them and that is when all the mess started with MGT PUSH. He will have been in for 9 months on August 3rd. Can the prison take back the good time, as he did nothing wrong? He has a non-violent crime (driving on a suspended license) He does not do drugs, drink or anything, he turned his life around completely for the past 16 years and has been completely clean and leading a normal life. It is not the prisoners fault that you or someone allowed the wrong people to get out early to committ more crimes, but they are paying for it and it is not fair. Why can’t you bring back the MGT and SMGT to the non-violent prisoners as the prisons are very overcrowded and the State has such a great deficit. I agree that the safety of the public comes first as I am part of that public, but by taking away the good time you are treating everyone like they are murderers.
    Can you please advise us or give us some input as to when Judge Erickson will complete his report, we were told in February, then the beginning of July and now it is the end of July and still nothing, what is going on?
    I do not completely understand the purpose of stopping the MGT and SMGT, true a mistake was made but it is not everyon’s fault. Someone needs to suck it up and tell the citizens that a mistake was made and then correct that mistake and get the prisoners home so they can support their families and the state does not have to. I would like to hear from someone and not a note saying MGT & SMGT has been stopped until Judge Erickson finishes his report. We have heard that for 7 months, now it is time for an answer and not another blog with a log of words that say nothing.

    • lynn says:

      I understand your point , and I say the same thing you that I say to everyone else please make sure you register to vote because we need to be very careful who we put as leaders. Today they said that they will give us gray and tomrrow it will be red. Their are so many people in jail who shouldn’t be in jail. And lot have to do with proscute lawyers and judges with bad information from bad officers who just want promtions.

  54. yogee bear says:

    I am starting a petition of signature’s of people who oppose the mgt act program being revoked.and who want it re-enstated or are opposing the re-election of governor quinn. people are going to prison. over traffic cases,non violentcases? This was revoked because of inmates on parole commiting violent crimes like rape, home invasion,kidnapping; physically harming persons. If your in jail for commiting a violent crime that hurt a person to intentionaly cause physical harm then yes, your mgt should be revoked, but if your in prison for a traffic conviction,narcotics conviction, or something that didn’t cause violent physical harm to a person your mgt should be a right.

    • lynn says:

      I can see phyically harming a persone and rape. those inmates do need good time but drugs and traffic no they need good time. I say the same thing to you please make should you register. Voting is very important who you elect for Judges and Governor. I am petiton for the good time as well.

  55. VICKI MILLER says:

    MY SON IS DUE TO GET OUT AUGUST SIXTH WE UNDERSTAND THAT FOR WHAT HE DID WAS WRONG WERE NOT ASKING FOR HIM TO GET SOMETHING SPECIAL THAT HE DIDN’T DESERVE ALL WE WANT HIM TO BE ABLE TO GET THE GOOD TIME BACK HE HAS DONE EVERYTHING HE IS SUSSPOST TO DO HE JUST WANTS TO GET HIS LIFE BACK HE HAS PLANS TO ENROLL BACK IN COLLEGE WITH HIS FIANCE HE KNOWS HE HAS A HARD ROAD BUT I BELIEVE EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR REASONS AND THIS IS AN OBSTACLE HE CAN OVERCOME. I HOPE WHAT EVERY WAY YOU GUYS DECIDE TO GO WITH THIS WE CAN COME TO A DECISION VERY SOON THE NOT KNOWING IS WORST THAN KNOWING IF IT ISN’T COMING BACK ANY TIME SOON. PLEASE LET ME KNOW AS A PARENT ANY INFO. YOU MIGHT HAVE OR WHEN YOU THINK YOU WILL KNOW PLEASE!!!!!!!!!! INMATE S10290 MILANE

  56. shhirley kirkhart says:

    Hi my brother has been in sience june off 2009 and he has been very sick he has had 4 surguery and about to have his 5 one all because the jail did not follow up with the doctor befor send him to doc he got 5 years and with the meritoriouis good time and his drug classes he would get out in sept off 2010 but now he would be out until march off 2011 i thank this is not fair it wasnt the ones that are all ready in foult so why puinch the ones that did do any thank. this is his frist time in and last time he has learn his lestion i peart she of it have all this going on and no family around to suport him and it is cost them and lot of money to keep him with all the surgyer he is haveing just let him out so his family can take care off him your wunt to cut cost will this will help some.

  57. tiffanie childs says:

    i also have a fiance that’s locked up in vienna in i am concern about his out date it suppose to be in jan. of 2011 if he don’t get it he will be out in july he was sentence to 3 years . he was expecting to do 1 yr now he got to do a extra 6 mths and thats not fair . When this decision was made they should tol.d evryone who work in the court rooms (lawyers n judges) to let the people know that there was no more good time . I think you guys is handling this the wrong way we are talking about people lives inmates or not they are still people n we need some answers !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    A CONCERN WIFE

    • lynn says:

      It’s the system when we put these kind of people in charge they don’t care about inmates and they are people just like you and me. They think becuase they have the power they don’t need to tell them anything, but what they have done is validate their constitute rights. Please make sure you are a register voter it’s very important who we elect that include judges and Governors.

  58. MELISSA D. says:

    MY BOYFRIEND IS SUPPOSE TO BE GETTING OUT 6/9/2010, I NEED TO KNOW WHATS GOING ON WITH THIS GOOD TIME. HE HAS A NEWBORN AT HOME,17MONTH YEAR OLD AND 10 YEAROLD SON THAT NEED HIM AT HOME AND NOW THERE SAYING HE WONT BE GETTIN OUT UNTILL 12/09/2010…….WHAT I NEED TO KNOW IS THE GOOD TIME COMING BACK SOON? WHO CAN I TALK TO OR WRITE?? I NEED TO KNOW WHATS GOING ON.

  59. Carol says:

    I am so sorry for all of you but most of all the inmates that are being punished for others mistakes.
    My son is not a violent criminal but is very anxious about MGT since his time is to get out this month.
    He lost his twenty year old son in death Feb 17th. and wasn’t allowed to go to the funeral or be with family.He is really suffering and trying to deal with his grief the best he can.We as his family want him home so we can comfort him in our arms.

  60. christy says:

    my fiance is locked up. he was supposed to be home in june but now the dumb ass governor suspended good time and he is going to miss the birth of our first son! when is it coming back i cant do this alone!

  61. I have a situation were my husband and brother are both incarcerated and neither of them have received there good time. My brother was taken into custody on OCT 21 2009 before good time was removed and still has not received good time he was on parole and caught another case and sentenced my question is does anyone know do you have to do your parole time first before good time can be issued,any information will help. My husband really got screwed he took a plea in court based on incorrect information given to him by the states attorney that he would only serve 6 months on a two year sentence and once he taken into custody was told the good time was taken away and had to serve a full year. PLEASE GIVE ME ANY INFO YOU HAVE .
    CONCERNED WIFE,
    TRACIE

  62. lora sotton says:

    my son should of been home 04-13-2010 he had 63 days to go please as a parent i need to know when my son will be home s09926 jessejames sutton in vandalia ill. THANK YOU LORA SUTTON

  63. JESSICA says:

    I allso wanted to know when is good time coming back????? My boyfriend was to be released on april 16th and now there saying till july 21 crazy!!!!!! Threy keep telling him that its back but that there trying not to let every one know because it will get crazy in there!!! so my ? is that true and if not when is good time coming back???? thanks

  64. nicole says:

    well it looks like no one answers this site. i sure thought we the people would get answers from this site. i have called every office i know to call. this 6 month good time bill needs to be put back into efect. our prisons r over crowed. my loved one was sent to prioson for driven on suspended. with a promise that he would only do about 90 days. as of right now hes going to do 9months. this is a problem in IDOC. this needs to be fixed. tax payers like myself r not willing to pay the price for this. if anyone does read this site you need to update this site an let us know our loved ones will be comen home. to all of you leaven the comments keep doin it. leave them daily if you must. we have the right to speek and they have to listen. thank you!

  65. Lilly says:

    Is the 6 month good time still suspended? Who answere these questions? I don’t see anyone answering!

  66. THERESA says:

    WE NEED TO KNOW WHEN OUR LOVED ONES WILL BE HOME THIS IS CRAZY MY FRIEND WAS ONLY SUPPOSE TO BE THERE 90 DAYS KNOW THEY ARE SAYING 9 MONTHS WE AND THE INMATES NEED TO KNOW WHAT AND WHEN THIS WILL BE KNOWN GIVE THEM BACK THERE 2 SETS OF 90S THATS ONLY RIGHT

  67. Amber Whitby says:

    this is just a scam to over populate the prisons so that the state would get more money from the feds cause the census….that is bullshit and they should have their kids and boyfriends and family stuck in their and take their unnecessary freedom….f-ing douche bags….the inmates get screwed i think

  68. Amber Whitby says:

    my fiance got screwed too…..is there a number i can call…i want to help get this shit back so if someone would please let me know i would be very happen to help….find me on myspace… whitby2009

  69. Mary Restko says:

    Is there any way to track what is happening with this suspension? My brother also took a plea deal for which he was to serve 61 days and now won’t be released until Sept. 23rd. He should have been released March 23rd. He would have fought this if he thought he would miss his daughter’s graduation from college in May. As an inmate he keeps hearing rumors that MGT has been reinstated. I’m assuming this is not true and it probably won’t be reinstated until after the election in November. Any information you can provide would be greatly appreciated. Thank you, Mary Restko

    • QueenSmoke84 says:

      My husband to be has been there since Sept. 13th of 10 he was sentenced 2 years. I’m a disabled young woman living alone because the governor took away the 6 months good time! Does any1 know when that’s coming back? My husband to be is not in there 4 a vilonent crime so I think the groveror should give back MGT to non-vilonent offenders and stop crowding the prisons up! Not every1 is going to mess up again when u let them out and not every1 is a killer if they went to prison! I think the grovernor needs to stop treating every1 as the same person because he messed up! Not every1 that goes to prison is a bad person so plz return the MGT! Ty! If any1 hears anything new about the MGT plz update me! Ty! QueenSmoke84

  70. tricia says:

    I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO KNOW ABOUT THE GOOD TIME, MY SON SHOULD BE LEAVING VANDALIA CORRECTIONAL TODAY!!! I CERTAINLY HOPE SOMEONE IS GETTING CLOSER TO RESOLVING THIS, IT IS FASTLY BECOMING A JOKE, JUST WHAT ILLINOIS NEEDS! WE PAYED ALOT OF VERY HARD EARNED MONEY FOR AN ATTORNEY TO ADVISE MY SON TO GO AHEAD BUDDY AND TAKE THE DEAL, ITS A REALLY GOOD OFFER, ONE MONTH AFTER MUCH TO OUR SUPRISE IT WAS ALREADY SUSPENDED!! PLEASE DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS SOON, I UNDERSTAND ALL ABOUT THE MISTAKE THAT WAS MADE, BUT MAYBE INSTEAD OF JUST PUNISHING ALL THE PRISONERS WHO HAD ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS, OUR WONDERFUL GOVENOR SHOULD JUST OWN UP TO HIS MISTAKE AND RE-INSTATE A PROGRAM THAT WORKED JUST FINE FOR… 30 YEARS UNTIL HE DECIDED TO FIX IT. THANK YOU

  71. ANGELA HOWARD says:

    WHEN IS THIS GOING TO COME BACK IN. EVERYONE I CALL AND TALK TOO SAYS A COUPLE OF WEEKS OR THEY DONT KNOW. ITS BEEN ALMOST 4 MONTHS NOW WHAT IS THE HOLD UP? MY FIANCE SHOULD HAVE BEEN HOME MARCH 12TH, HE IS IN THERE ON AN OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE CHARGE AND WAS SENTYENCED TO 18 MO NOW HE IS NOT DUE HOME UNTIL SEPTEMBER PLEASE LET US KNOW SOMETHING!!!!!!

  72. Brandi Rauhala says:

    My question is the same as above. We have heard nothing regarding when the good time is coming back. All it says is that this process will be done in a speedy manner. I think over three months is long enough. Please let me know when my loved one can come home because he was suppose to be home already.

  73. terry ewing says:

    i also would like to know how long is the meritoriouis good time going to be waved ,i have a loved one in prison,i would hope you would give them back their good time the prisons are really crowdedthis would help with the state being broke also.thanks i hope you reinstate this very soon..good time

  74. Jenna Weller says:

    I also have the same question. How long will this program be suspended? I have a relative that got sentenced to two years, will she no longer receive good time even if she too reports excellent behavior and is showing positive improvement?

  75. Linda Shanley says:

    Judge Erickson,
    I have a question in regards to my sons prison sentence which should of been shortened by 6 months for a Drug Rehab. program he is in. He has been in this program for about 6 months which should have shortened his sentence. He was told he would be released the first week of May but now this has been suspended. He is now not going to come home until November. Is this true? This program is very difficult and there are many inmates that get kicked out because it is so hard to stay in the program. My son has managed to stay in this program for almost the whole 6 months, which he was doing for good time behavior. I understand that many inmates were released very early into thier sentences and ended up back in the system. What about the men that are trying to go along with the system and are keeping thier end of the bargain to get out for good behavior? How long will this program that has been in place for many years be suspended?
    Thank you for any answers you might be able to help me with.
    Sincerely, Linda Shanley

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