By Sean Stillmaker in Miscellaneous on May 23, 2010 9:00PM
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Adult Redeploy 2010 is one of them. The program allows offenders convicted of minor crimes that are eligible for probation to bypass prisons and begin the rehabilitation process in the community. “Prison is counterproductive,” for low risk offenders, Rep. William Burns (D-Chicago) told Chicagotalks.
Communities can provide more assistance to an ex-offender than prison rehabilitation programs said Lindsay Bostwick, a research analyst for the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority. Craig Canser, 48, has been in and out of prisons for a third of his life for crimes ranging from drug dealing to armed robbery. “Your past always seems to haunt you,” Canser told Chicagotalks. In 2007 he started rehabilitation at St. Leonard’s Ministries, an outlet of Adult Redeploy 2010. Since then he has gotten a job at the Chicago Medical Examiner’s Office and received his barber’s license.
One goal of Adult Redeploy is to cut prison expenses by as much as 25 percent, but it's one of many programs across the state in danger because of the state's budget situation.