SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Records reviewed by The Associated Press show that a Decatur murder charge against a man released early from prison is among only a small number of problems in a new state good-behavior release program.
Of 1,600 inmates sent home early since March, only 20 violated parole and were reincarcerated. That's just more than 1 percent.
The Department of Corrections hasn't answered an AP inquiry about why the other parolees were locked back up.
Joshua A. Jones was released five months early in May after serving a sentence on drug charges.
He's charged with murder in an Aug. 17 shooting. He's currently in the Macon County jail.
Gov. Pat Quinn halted a previous early-release program for three years after a 2009 scandal involving the quiet release of hundreds of violent inmates.