From Adam Doster at Progress Illinois:

The Land of Lincoln witnessed a 44 percent drop in violent crime and 30 percent dip in property-related crime between 1995 and 2007. Yet, the incarceration rate grew by 20 percent, driven by punitive sentencing laws and stringent efforts to lock up criminals for minor offenses. Indeed, the FY 2009 Department of Corrections’ budget was $1.44 billion, greater than all other departments with the exception of human services and health care.