- Associated Press - Friday, April 25, 2014

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) - A conference devoted to a prison diversion program continues in Bloomington.

The statewide gathering is the 2014 Adult Redeploy Illinois All-Sites Summit and opened Thursday.

Adult Redeploy is a program of the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority. It offers financial incentives to counties and judicial circuits to develop programs to divert low-level offenders from prison.

Adult Redeploy currently supports 19 programs operating in 34 counties. Officials say a typical Adult Redeploy intervention costs $4,400. The annual cost of prison per inmate is $21,500.

Authorities say the program has saved $23.5 million since it began in 2011.

Attending the conference are more than 130 Adult Redeploy participants, including judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, treatment providers, probation officers and more.

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Online: Adult Redeploy Illinois: http://www.icjia.state.il.us/public/redeploy/

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