So Governor Quinn has decided to release 1,000 nonviolent prisoners in the State of Illinois.
The Chicago Sun-Times, in an editorial, slammed him… but not for releasing the prisoners.
Quinn was right to take the first long-overdue step in Illinois to reduce the state’s massive prison population. Thousands of inmates are no more than drug addicts who could be better rehabilitated in their communities, saving the state millions of dollars.
But he was wrong to slip his announcement into the bottom of a press release late on a Friday afternoon, as the sun was setting and reporters were calling it a day — that twilight time in the weekly news cycle when politicians try to bury their worst potential headlines.
On the contrary, Quinn’s decision to begin releasing some nonviolent offenders is nothing he needs to soft-peddle…