ICCTA Action Alert
Dec. 14, 2001

Save College Prison Programs

Gov. George Ryan's third round of budget cuts eliminated all higher education programs for the Illinois Department of Corrections. This reduction will eliminate 244 full-time and 374 part-time positions, and affect 10 community colleges, two private colleges, and 11,605 inmates.

Even if your college is not directly hurt by this cut, the elimination of these higher education programs at correctional centers will affect EVERY Illinois taxpayer and community when ex-offenders return to their hometowns and can't find employment because they do not have employable skills.

The 10 affected community colleges are:

  • Black Hawk
  • Carl Sandburg
  • Illinois Central
  • Illinois Eastern
  • Illinois Valley
  • Kaskaskia
  • Lake Land
  • Rend Lake
  • Richland
  • Southeastern

    The two private higher education institutions are:
  • MacMurray
  • Roosevelt

    Here's what you can do:

    1. Read ICCTA's College Programs for Illinois Inmates fact sheet.

    2. Contact your local legislators and business leaders to discuss why the shutdown is bad public policy. Urge them to ask Governor Ryan to reconsider his decision.

    3. Pass a board resolution supporting the reinstatement of higher education programs at Illinois correctional facilities (click here for a sample resolution).

    Please provide copies of any correspondence you send or receive. For additional information on this issue, contact ICCTA at 1-800-454-2282.

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