Some news regarding “Early Release Program” review status

Posted: June 24, 2010 by parchangelo in IDOC

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May 31, 2012, State Legislature passes new law paving way for Early Release programs! Read latest at http://richardwanke.com

Shortly after Governor Quinn suspended the IDOC early release program known as MGT Push, Quinn appointed former appellate and senior lecturer at Chicago-Kent College of Law, Judge David Erickson, to review the early release programs.  The news media reported yesterday that according to Judge Erickson, he had initially planned to report back his findings in January 2010, but he got side-tracked and now plans to wrap up his program review shortly and report his findings in early July 2010. (Read Pantagraph News article here) The 59-year-old Erickson  heads a team including Quinn’s chief of staff, Jerome Stermer, and the governor’s lawyer Theodore Chung. The team is charged with reviewing every aspect of the program, creating policies and procedures that will ensure public safety and maintain the integrity of the criminal justice system and the courts’ sentencing of offenders, and issuing a report to the governor.

Erickson says he had several out-of-state teaching assignments which delayed completion of his review, but that his report findings may also include a section regarding IDOC’s computer system which IDOC blamed for misidentifying 400 early release parolees. (Read report from KWQC in Davenport, IA, here)

A lot of inmate families have been calling Quinn, IDOC, and legislators pushing for action of reinstating IDOC early release programs. Perhaps they should have been calling Erickson. We will see. At least everyone can be hopeful about Erickson’s initial perspective regarding early release programs when he stated back in December 2009: “Meritorious good time is not our enemy here, it’s not. It’s a good thing. It’s a way to help rehabilitate people, especially young people.” although he cautioned then that early release time should be earned before it is awarded.

Hopefully, the findings and recommendations in Erickson’s report will be publicly known shortly and will help reinstate early release sooner. There has been misinformation widely distributed on the internet and also within IDOC facilities about the reinstatement of IDOC Early Release programs. This has created a lot of confusion for the families of inmates who do not know who to contact for information about the possibility of early release for their loved ones in IDOC, and confusion among IDOC inmates themselves who have been given conflicting reports by counselors and correctional officers.

Last week a “fake memo” was apparently created by a correctional officer at the Vandalia Correctional Facility, and copies of it circulated like wildfire among the inmates as it was accepted as being true. The memo referred to the return of early release in July 2010. The Warden of the Vandalia Correctional Facility was forced to issue his own memo and post it publicly advising everyone that there has been no action on early release and that it “will return when it returns”. The correctional officer involved has been disciplined.

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  1. joan of ark says:

    To bad the guards in Vandalia have so much free time on their hands. If it had been a prisoner, they would have probably done more than discipline him?????? Doesn’t sound like that prison is under control.

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  2. Tamara says:

    Here we are two weeks into July and Erickson is STILL not done with his report. Has the guy even started working on it? Seems he was too busy, he’s missed his original deadline by SEVEN MONTHS now. He’d better not be getting paid for this, if he is then there should be a penalty for each month he’s late.

    Meanwhile, thousands of inmates who should have been released, victims of the MGT Push debacle and resulting backlash, are still sitting in prison. Erickson apparently doesn’t care. Quinn apparently doesn’t care. Randle might care but he appears to be powerless.

    I believe Quinn is waiting for Erickson’s report, so all of the frustrated loved ones of inmates who didn’t get the good time they deserved should probably contact David Erickson and ask him for a status on his report.

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  3. telisa hicks says:

    I would like sum update on the early realease program if there r sum changes or whom do I contact about it please n thank u

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  4. Linda F says:

    I would like to get the latest update about the early release program, also would like to know who to contact about this program. Thank u.

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  5. Nicole K says:

    Here we are almost three weeks into july and still have heard nothing on the early release program. Sme family’s have been waiting on an answer and still have gotten one. I would like to get the latest update about the early release program, also would like to know who to contact about this program to find out what is going on.. Thank you

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  6. Linda J. says:

    I feel that no matter when Erickson gets his report in, it will not be given to anyone until after the November Election as this has become a political matter even though Quinn denies it. I hope that the families of the prisoners that should have been home months ago remember what Quinn did and tell everyone they know not to vote for him because he is spineless, he was not elected into this position, he just fell into because Blago screwed up. I know we may not be any better off with a new Governor, but it cannot get much worse. My friend has been there for 9 months already and was only suppose to do 6 months at tops. The State cannot afford to keep all the non-violent prisoners locked up because the State is broke and we the people are going to have to pay with an increase in our taxes, where else are they going to get the money?

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  7. Ms. Tapia says:

    I agree with Linda J. The state can do whatever they want. It really is a shame for the inmates that do not have a violent crime that they can not be criteria for the early release program but murders and other voilent offenders get off… that makes sense. What’s wrong with these people? I would love to give a peice of my mind to Erickson. They really would make a mistake by keeping the non-voilent offenders rather than the violent. Prison should be for murders and rapist and people that commit VIOLENT CRIMES.

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    • Linda J. says:

      Ms. Tapia, please keep putting the information out there, I agree that we should be contacting Judge Erickson, but who knows he may have turned his report and they are sitting on it. If I knew how to contact Judge Erickson, I would be happy to write him a nice informative letter and ask why this is not taken care of. He is busy making money for himself at the expense of the non violent prisoners who are spending all this extra time in prison and costing the taxpayers the extra money out of our pockets. He does not care that we are struggling to keep our homes and lives normal for those we love to have something to come home to. If someone can get me an address I will be happy to compose a nice professional letter to Erickson, I do not think that I will get a reply but it is worth a try and the time that it will take to do so.

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  8. Vicki W. says:

    I agree with all the rest. I think we should all swarm Ericksons office with letters demanding an answer. My son has been in since Jan. on false charges due to a corrupt county justice system. We need to get him and many others out that shouldn’t be there. If someone has the address please post it. Thanks

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  9. tricia says:

    If anyone gets a address can u plz ley me know my boyfriend was already suppost to b out also..I think its crazy these ppl can get away with taken as long as they are to decide what’s guna happen..

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  10. Corey'sWife says:

    I agree with all of u.. My fiance been gone dis month make 17 mths he got 22mths he wus promissed his good time but never recieved it like the other’s. We have two sons who really need there father as a role in there life. If & when sumone get’s any info on how to contact Erickerson pls postd it..

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  11. Tara says:

    my boyfriend has been in since august. he was told he was only doing 61 days ( i think they set him up) hes in prison for a MISDEMEANOR. thats it. stupid! now due to this no goodtime he wont even be home until aug 2011. we have a son who needs his father home! they need to bring this back!

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  12. shante says:

    i everybody aint gonna here nothing until jan 18 or some shit like that.but in wonder is this true or not.anyway i know they gonna bring it back .why.cause i got hope in every body on here could as well.god bless yall.in i hope yall love one come home just as well as i do mine’s.

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  13. MY DAUGHTER IS IN DWIGHT DEPT OF CORRECTIONS I REALLY DO NOT UNDER Y THAT A YOUNG GIRL YES TO A DAD SHE 33 IS YOUNG TO ANY DAD .SHE HAS A BABY GROWING IN HER BELLY IM PRAYING THAT MY GRANDBABY WILL NOT HAFT TO BE BORN IN A CORRECTIONAL CENTER SHE WENT IN ON HER ON. THE BABY WOULD NOT BE BORN IN THERE BUT BEING TOLD BY A LAWER TOLD HER BUT NOT IN WRITING.THAT SHE WOULD BE OUT AROUND THE END OF JAN.SEAMS TO ME AND HER FAMILY THAT NEED HER HOME HAVEING. A CHILD BEING BORN IN A CORRECTIONAL CENTER THAT IS JUST CRAZY.JUST NOW THE LAW DOES NOT CARE IF THE GOOD TIME IS NOT CHANGED THE BABY IS DUE IN APRIL AROUND EASTER IF THE GOOD TIME IS PASSED SHE WOULD BE HOME IN THE MIDDLE OF JAN.IF THE GOOD TIME LAW DOES NOT PASS SHE WILL BE HOME 4TO8 DAYS IF NOTHING GOES WORING WE JUST CAN PRAY.PLESE PRAY 4 HER THAT THE LAW WILL GET THERE HEADS OUT OF THER ASSES GOD PLEASE PASS THE GOOD TIME LAW YOUR PRAYERS R NEEDED 4A BABY THAT DID NOT 1 THING WORNG.THANK U ALL HELP IS NEED 4 ALL INMATES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  14. i would really like to know who can i call e-mail write see anything to help bring my daughter home this trying to be nice to the state of ill. we all are no ansewers nothing on the p.c news the state reps the covener r so called reps r so bissy trying to fix the state money to me fix 1 big thing pass the good thim law now no more bull shit the good time law well save or state 1000s plus r thay so dum that thay do not know common math i really wish i gould go back vote u people with live in your nice homes the state pays 4 no momey no bills late food 4 your famileys i think u all need to take a good long look at your selfs shame on u all please past the good time law stop hidding your faces and get the good time law passed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  15. WHERE IN JAN OF 2011 THE 5TH DAY OF THE A NEW AND STELL NOT NOTHING HEAD FROM THE THE STATE GOV. ON THE GOOD TIME LAW IT SEEMS TO ME THAT RICHARD WANKE! HEM SELF IS JUST TRYING TO GET MONEY FROM PEOPLE U CAN GO ONTO ANY SITE IT ALL SEEMS TO BE MR. WANKE. IS JUST TRYING TO BECOME SOMESHORT OF AN ICON THAN HELPING HIMSELF.YOU CAN EVEN BUY ENFO.THAT IS ALL COMES BACK TO WANKE WEB SITES SAYING SEND MONEY TO EBAY-FACEBOOK AND 100.MORE SITES OUT THERE THIS PAGE IS TO BE UPDATED DAYLE. SORRY THAT WANKE HIMSELF REALLY JUST HELPING HIS CHEACKING SAVEINS E.C.T THIS PAGE HAS NOT BEEN UPDATED SENCE THE MIDDIE OF LAST YEAR.WONDER Y?THE STATE JUST NEEDS TO PASS THE GOOD TIME LAW BACK SONER THE BETTER!4ALL THE INMATES NOT JUST WANKE CAN KISS MY ASS HE JUST MAKEING MONEY OFF PEOPLE THINK THAY R HELPING BUY SENDING MONEY TO WANKE!GOD PLEASE HELP THE FAMILES OF MINOR CRIMES!please to the state gov lawers any1 with the good time law please pass this that should of never been stoped in the 1st place pass the good time law soon like a mo. ago wanke like i said can kiss my ass help the inmates pass the law11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111

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    • freerichardwanke says:

      Sorry Tommy that you don’t apparently “get it” or are just trying to dish someone who unlike you is actually in IDOC. Richard and this site, does not make any money (wish we did!). We are all volunteers here trying to help bring attention to Richard’s case and at the same time post some of the news and information we have researched that is affecting inmates in IDOC and their families. It is a bad time to be in IDOC, the state is broke, and inmates are being misfed a lot of rumors about what is likely to happen. This page has been updated at about 5 – 10 places on our blog and the most recent information about MGT and Early Release is always found on our home page, our IDOC agency page, and the right-hand column of every page. We continue to update the blog with current information and issues because that is what Richard asks us to do since he cannot do it himself from inside IDOC. He knows first-hand what inmates are going through and if he can’t get out himself, he is at least trying to make it better for everyone inside IDOC. The one way he feels this can be done is by getting the news out in the public about what is going on inside IDOC so that the public becomes concerned about issues and unequal conditions affecting both inmates and their families. We try hard to do this because IL doesn’t have enough organizations and info sites working on prison issues. You are welcome to email us at freerichardwanke@gmail.com and list those “100 or more” or any sites you claim are soliciting money for Richard. We would be curious to see them!:) Meantime, please do not vent your frustration on the “messenger”. Believe me, we are just as frustrated as you are about the unfairness that is happening!

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  16. ANY 1 THAT EVEN CARES CAN E MAIL@STEPHENSTOMMY@ATT.NET ANY FEED BACK WOULD HELP PASS THE GOOD THME LAW YESTERDAY THANK U ALL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

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  17. # 15 please do not read i will write a letter that was said on 1 really bad day 4 me im sorry every thing that i said is so worng of to have said any of it sorry tommy stephens

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    • i tommy stephens wish to say to richardwanke and all of his family and every 1 that is trying to say how sorry i im 4 the things i said on #15 i applyed about mr.wanke makeing any sort of money off this page at the time i worite in #15 if i just could go back in time 1st i should off read the story about mr.wanke and then i would of never have said anything that was said the day that i said was a very bad day 4 me on the 4th i was told that i have cancer of the brain stell what i said should not of been said im so stressed out with my not good news with my daughter myself the law every thing i just lost it im so very and then said things that should not of said my daughter is not going to be relist tell april hopely 4to6 days befour the baby is born that is if nothing goes worng she is also bipoler thay so 4 are not giving her her meds 4 that the stress of is not good 4 her r the baby we were planing on going to see her on monday but the visit has not been aproved that should thay would of alled she put in the request about 1mo ago that tells me this is just the proson is there r rally messed we donot get her letters 4 2to3 weaks and she just got a xmas card yesterday i mailed it the 1st of dec.the systom in the prosins r being payed very good $money thay just really do not care the gards r not doing ther jobs now with all said i once again will say i sorry 4 what i said about mr.wanke i fell thay r giving all imates worng iv been told the good time law will not happen 4 a while all we really can do is just what im doing!i pray 4 each and every 1 that going through with there loved ones i try to look at the best way i can just pray 4 u all and mr.wanke i am very sorry four what i said thank-you all you all r in my prayers tommy stephens.

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      • freerichardwanke says:

        Tommy, we suggest that you call Louis Shicker, at 312-814-3233 about your daughter’s medication and special medical needs. He is the medical director of IDOC, and has been known to help intervene and ensure that proper medical attention is provided to individuals. If you call and speak with him, I am sure that he can check on the arrangements for Sarah and possibly even help smooth out the confusion about the visit. Good Luck!

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