Illinois Prison Program Actually Rehabilitates Criminals

Illinois prison program a model for state? / Schwarzenegger seeks to emulate therapeutic approach to rehabilitation

Illinois, you rock.  You had a governor who reacted to the revelation that innocent people were frequently executed on Death Row by simply banning the death penalty until that could be addressed.  Now you have a governor who thinks that a good way to reduce crime is to give criminals the choice of learning how to survive as law-abiding citizens.

Apparently the Governator wants to do the same thing in California, which is great, but people who know the Illinois system  say that this sort of thing can’t be rushed into existence by executive fiat.  (It sounds similar to CEOs who push one quality-enhancing program after another onto the employees, not realizing that they require culture change and culture change is not something that can be forced on people from above.)