A lot of people are visiting the website daily wondering if and when something will be posted saying that IDOC is beginning to release inmates from their sentences early by awarding them up to six months of discretionary sentence credits. The internet is awash with individual rumors from inmates and prison staff throughout the state claiming that some one said the state will begin releasing people early at one prison or another within the next couple of weeks, etc.

All these are rumors which are all UNCONFIRMED. So far, no one is able to produce paperwork showing that they have been awarded sentence credits and will be released earlier than otherwise as a result.

So, what does this all mean? Well, so far, while IDOC has said that staff are beginning to review inmate records to see who is eligible to receive what credit, IDOC is still unwilling or unable to commit itself to a specific date by which it will release that first inmate. The most revealing information IDOC has provided to date about how it is going about implementing any early release is the statement in the article contained below, where it said, “…This will be an ongoing, careful and thoughtful process,” Corrections spokeswoman Stacey Solano said in a statement…”

Ill. prisons reintroducing early-release program

That statement seems to suggest that it will take IDOC perhaps a month or two to get anything started. We were able to confirm that no obstacles  officially now remain to IDOC implementing the new rules which have been legally approved. Yet, even the IDOC contact person for the rule-making remains unwilling to give any indication of when a release program might start. So, yes, readers can check back here, other sites and media reports daily, but we also suggest keeping current on the IDOC Community Notification Page website (click here) too.

IDOC is required by law to post current inmate information on every individual it releases as it releases inmates. Up through the end of 2012, IDOC was releasing individuals several times during each month. 2013 releases are easy to distinguish so far this month, because of the year change and because there have been relatively few of them. With the exception of one person who was placed on electronic detention from Stateville CC, inmates released this month committed offenses which would not have made them eligible for any early release. Electronic detention is not quite the same as early release, so we can’t say that it plays a part in this individuals position either.

We suggest though, that one way to reduce the effects of the rumor mill and keep your sanity is too keep an eye on the Community Notification Page as well as media reports. When early release does begin, you will see sentence credit time reductions effecting the release dates of non-violent offenders.


  1. Grace Gramas says:

    My son was in Dixon, Illinois. Over 6 months ago he wanted to transfer to Jacksonville Ill. and one day was “shipped” without even nowing or being informed to East Moline Ill. The first officer who processed him said: “you will be treated like “sh..t”. That was really a nice welcome from somebody who works for the state of Ill. Next he encounter a very abusive female guard who made him clean (wash) floor 3 (three times) saying he did it to fast. She has a bad reputation among other prisoners and all fellow guards too. When I went to visit one time my son at East Moline on a very rainy day and went to the visitors processing “shag” one of the officers seeing a pack of cigarrets in my hands right away yelled at me (without even allowing me to ask where I can smoke my cigarret) and told me: “you can’t smoke here”. I said “I know that, but where can I smoke one?” He was so mad and when I left the “shag” he said:”I hope you M..F… won’t come back here. Finally when I came back after I adrove away to smoke my cigarret again he had to show me his power & told me he can write me dawn (for politetly asking a question) and I won’t be able to visit for 6 (six) months. I happened to work for the state of Illinois and remember how people who work for the state should treat public people. With pride I can say I treated everyone with respect and many people thanked me for being nice to them. What a shame I wasn;t so lucky at IDOC at East Moline. In conclusion all I wonder how they treat the inmates inside when I was treated like I just described? This is only one example how these guards treat those who come to visit!!


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