Writes former Champaign County Judge Chase Leonhard: "Penitentiary space should be reserved for offenders who are violent or incorrigible, while community-based sentencing for most other offenders should be both expanded and enhanced."

'A belief system that has been the foundation of this country, and nurtured, and taught, for 400 years is not going to be erased or eradicated in one year. It may very well take another 400 years for that to happen.'

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