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Brady Calls for Quinn Prisons Chief to Go After New Report On Early Release; Cites Danger to Public Safety

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Location: Chicago, IL

Republican Gubernatorial candidate Bill Brady today questioned Governor Pat Quinn's response to an administration report showing his early prisoner release program jeopardized public safety, and called for the immediate dismissal of Illinois' prisons chief.

"If Governor Quinn had any moral sense of responsibility, he would have fired and replaced his prisons chief long ago," Brady said.

Brady said the release of the report's findings, made public late Friday at a hastily arranged news conference the Governor did not attend, failed to answer basic questions from crime victims and from communities affected by his early prisoner release programs.

Brady said, "For the victims, the families, and for the communities affected by this alarming lapse of public safety, this report raises more questions than it does answers."

"Who approved this program?" he asked. "Who was responsible for letting criminals on the street with absolutely no system for monitoring or tracking them?"

"How can Governor Quinn claim not to know about this program, when his own report clearly shows knowledge of this program was widespread among senior officials? And the biggest question - how is it possible that Corrections Director Michael Randle still has a job?" Brady asked.

Brady said his Administration would end secret, early prisoner release programs and immediately replace Administration officials involved in such programs.

"The people of Illinois can take this to the bank -- Pat Quinn's Corrections Director can expect to submit his resignation on Day One of a Brady Administration."

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