County nearing start of criminal justice system overhaul by
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It’s taken about two years, countless meetings and a nearly $150,000 study, but Champaign County is about to embark on what could be a major reworking of its criminal justice system.
If it achieves the ideal, it would mean fewer people in jail, better treatment for the mentally ill who now end up in jail, lower costs to the county and perhaps even fewer broken families and lives damaged by incarceration.
That’s the ideal. The reality may end up being something less.