Counties across Illinois, including DuPage, will receive nearly $7 million to divert nonviolent offenders out of prison and into community services, according to a Dec. 30 news release from the Office of Gov. Pat Quinn.
The money will be channeled through Adult Redeploy Illinois, the release said, which provides financial incentives to counties or judicial circuits to create or expand diversion programs.
One of the grants will be awarded to DuPage County's 18th Judicial Circuit Court, which will receive $317,514, according to the release.
"Community-based programs are the most cost-effective and produce better results in rehabilitating nonviolent offenders," Quinn said. "Everyone benefits when we can help offenders turn their lives around and become productive members of society without filling up our prisons."
For more information, go to www.icjia.state.il.us/public/redeploy.