- Out since June, he’s among a growing number of ex-cons being released on parole in Illinois and trying to leave prison behind for good. In the past four years, the number of parolees in Illinois has shot up by 14 percent, to more than 28,000, according to the Illinois Department of Corrections.
They live in communities across Illinois. (Click here to see the number of parolees by Zip code.)
But the largest cluster by far — one of every six parolees — is, like Hilton, on the West Side, straining an area already struggling with crime and joblessness.
A 14% increase in parolees roaming about with no jobs, no purpose, no direction. Wait a minute....let's hope over to HeyJackass.com for a sec:
Damn....a 15% increase in shootings. That's damn close to the 14% increase in parolees. Someone ought to look into that.
See? We can make the numbers dance to a tune, too.