SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Another win for criminal justice reform

Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017

* AP

The Illinois House has approved a package of criminal-justice reforms to aid crime victims and reduce prison populations.

The plan won House approval 83-26 on Monday and moves to the Senate. It includes additional counseling and other services for crime victims paid with federal funds. It would allow prisoners to complete improvement programs to shorten their sentences. Judges would have more leeway to order probation in drug cases.

Peoria Democratic Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth says her measure would reduce Illinois’ prison population - a goal of Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner. And Gordon-Booth says it would help ex-inmates rejoin the community and heal families affected by violence.

Some lawmakers questioned whether there would be money in a state budget crisis for new initiatives.

Yeah, well, then how about passing a budget?

* From the bill’s synopsis

Provides that the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority shall conduct strategic planning and provide technical assistance to implement comprehensive trauma recovery services for violent crime victims in underserved communities with high-levels of violent crime, with the goal of providing a safe, community-based, culturally competent environment in which to access services necessary to facilitate recovery from the effects of chronic and repeat exposure to trauma. Provides that services may include, but are not limited to, behavioral health treatment, financial recovery, family support and relocation assistance, and support in navigating the legal system.

Amends the Unified Code of Corrections. Changes sentence credit for good conduct in specific instances to earned sentence credit for good conduct in specific instances as the Director of Corrections deems proper. Deletes provisions that an offender may not receive probation, periodic imprisonment, or conditional discharge for certain drug offenses, or for Class 2 felony offenses that are not sex offenses or firearm offenses if the offender has received a sentence for a Class 2 felony and has previously been convicted of a Class 2 or greater felony. Provides that a period of probation, a term of periodic imprisonment or conditional discharge shall not be imposed for a Class 2 or greater felony sex offense or felony firearm offense if the offender had been convicted of a Class 2 or greater felony, including any state or federal conviction for an offense that contained, at the time it was committed, the same elements as an offense now (the date of the offense committed after the prior Class 2 or greater felony) classified as a Class 2 or greater felony, within 10 years of the date on which the offender committed the offense for which he or she is being sentenced, except as otherwise provided in the Alcoholism and Other Drug Abuse and Dependency Act.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


13 Comments
  1. - RNUG - Tuesday, Jan 10, 17 @ 10:01 am:

    Reducing prison populations is one way to achieve some long term budget savings. Wonder if this will count as reform?


  2. - Anon221 - Tuesday, Jan 10, 17 @ 10:09 am:

    Rauner wants criminal justice reform. Bills like this have helped, and can help him achieve that goal. However, before he gets out his veto pen next time, or trashes budgets, stopgap or otherwise, he needs to stop and think about the bigger picture, not in terms of silos. You cannot keep harping away on the word salad of job growth, reforms, and better education and expect the hard change to occur. Hard change is realizing that the programs that provide “behavioral health treatment, financial recovery, family support and relocation assistance, and support in navigating the legal system” are not just part of the criminal justice system. These vital programs are the human and social and education programs that interconnect WITH the criminal justice system, and weave together a strong web of community throughout our state. So, continue to divide and conquer as a governor, or have a “come to” awareness reflection. Change is hard, and personal change can be the hardest change of all. So why make it harder for the People you chose to serve?


  3. - Matt Jones - Tuesday, Jan 10, 17 @ 10:22 am:

    OK Rich, how about some recognition that, ONCE AGAIN, the State’s Attorneys and other law enforcement embraced and supported these reforms. The Rep. did a great job of reaching out to us to be sure, but the unnatural allies on this deserve some recognition as well. When we oppose a so-called reform, we get chided, but when we support, sometimes a difference maker between passage or not, nary a mention. Just Sayin’


  4. - A guy - Tuesday, Jan 10, 17 @ 10:24 am:

    ==Reducing prison populations is one way to achieve some long term budget savings. Wonder if this will count as reform?==

    I can’t imagine why it wouldn’t. It certainly will on the unofficial score cards.


  5. - Lobo - Tuesday, Jan 10, 17 @ 10:38 am:

    The class 2 sentencing reform allowing probation on a second class 2 (if convictions are within 10 years) is the largest sentencing reform the GA has passed in a great many years. The most common class 2 offenses are burglary (to a car) and class 2 low level (


  6. - Lobo - Tuesday, Jan 10, 17 @ 10:48 am:

    Dealing (


  7. - Lobo - Tuesday, Jan 10, 17 @ 10:52 am:

    Sorry my iPad is hemorrhaging…this bill will, by my back of the envelope math reduce the IDOC pop by an easy 4000 in 10 years. With IDOC population at about 47000, this is a massive relief valve. That its getting so little attention is odd. Very huge sentencing credits as well. 90% of inmates formerly ineligible, are now eligible for 180 day credit.


  8. - Precinct Captain - Tuesday, Jan 10, 17 @ 11:12 am:

    Worthless without a budget


  9. - A guy - Tuesday, Jan 10, 17 @ 11:42 am:

    ==Worthless without a budget==

    Not true.


  10. - Precinct Captain - Tuesday, Jan 10, 17 @ 12:04 pm:

    ==- A guy - Tuesday, Jan 10, 17 @ 11:42 am:==

    “Some lawmakers questioned whether there would be money in a state budget crisis for new initiatives.”

    Specifically where are the funds coming from A Guy?


  11. - Chicagonk - Tuesday, Jan 10, 17 @ 12:31 pm:

    It would be nice if they tied this in with tougher sentencing for violent crimes in light of what is going on in Chicago right now.


  12. - Elwood Blues - Tuesday, Jan 10, 17 @ 5:34 pm:

    This bill opens several violent repeat offenses up for probation, and shorter sentences through IDOC credits. With so many GOP votes and the Governor’s signature, will be interesting to see how it plays into the upcoming election cycle, which is sure to be toxic…


  13. - Curt - Wednesday, Jan 11, 17 @ 12:16 am:

    The states attorneys want credit for this. Ok. The exception proves the rule.

    I’ll give to them if they accept blame for any and all progress they have hindered–for decades.


TrackBack URI

Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* AFSCME to announce strike authorization vote results tomorrow morning
* HGOPs fight back against Dem messaging on Rauner budget
* The appearance of access
* Today's number: $12,401,195,168.60
* It's just a bill
* Question of the day
* STI death rates on the rise here, but we're way down the list
* Local reaction to new immigration order
* *** LIVE *** House session coverage
* Is a sales tax on food really regressive?
* *** UPDATED x1 *** 14 of 16 CPS Latino Advisory Committee members resign in protest
* Not surprisingly, local governments hate permanent property tax freeze idea
* *** UPDATED x1 *** SIU's Dunn: "We need to acknowledge that FY16 is now lost"
* Mystery solved on Rauner's whereabouts
* Would term limits make much of a difference?
* Study looks at how race of prez delegates may influence GOP primary voters here
* Kennedy fundraises off of proposed budget cuts
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Supplement to today’s edition
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Yesterday's stories

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............
<


Loading


* Dan Brady: Current year spending plan before FY.....
* STATE AFFAIRS: Fiscal follies continue as Illin.....
* NFLPA Tells Free Agents to Avoid Bears - The Ka.....
* State pharmacy lobby fights stricter regulation..
* Bernard Schoenburg: Duckworth in weekly address.....
* Sneed: Gov and family spend his birthday skiing.....
* Chris Kennedy joins race for Illinois governor .....
* Rauner assures gathering that he will persist w.....
* Sneed: Gov and family spend his birthday skiing.....


* Immigrants fearing deportation under Trump change routines
* Chicago schools take a stand on immigration enforcement
* Durbin prompts medical, dental schools to combat drug crisis
* 2 plans to name Illinois highways for Obama in the works
* University of Illinois kicks off 150th birthday celebration
* Hastert victim again argues for remainder of hush money
* Republicans who won after rowdy town halls now avoiding them
* Not-for-profit owner pleads guilty to bankruptcy fraud
* Not-for-profit owner pleads guilty to bankruptcy fraud
* Experts: Science behind 'abortion reversal' is flawed

* Hastert victim again argues for remainder of hush money
* AFSCME will announce results of strike-authorization vote Thursday
* Senate urged to leave state's PE requirements alone
* Luciano: State lawmakers fiddling while Illinois burns
* Illinois education board vote settles 2008 funding lawsuit
* Municipal League opposed to permanent property tax freeze
* Illinois State University seeks public input on its future
* AFSCME strike authorization vote outcome to be revealed this week
* Cheri Bustos won't run for Illinois governor
* Illinois bill would rein in pro athletes' worker comp claims

* How Illinois lawmakers have gamed their pensions
* These legislators collect paychecks from Washington—and pensions from Illinois
* Rep. Gutierrez hits Trump's 'attrition through terror'
* Many Fed officials see rate hike 'fairly soon'
* Latino revolt hits CPS


* Dear Abby: Needy nephew should get help, get out
* Georgia Nicols horoscopes for Feb. 23, 2017
* CPD: 7 killed in city’s deadliest day of shootings this year
* Police: 2 shot dead in Chatham
* Nominee Michael Shannon braces for a ‘mind-blowing’ Oscar night
* 1 hurt in West Side shooting
* Man in serious condition after Calumet Heights shooting
* Police: Man gunned down in Brainerd
* Police: Man fatally shot in Morgan Park, person questioned
* DePaul snaps 10-game skid with 67-65 win over Georgetown


* Winning Powerball ticket for $435 million jackpot sold in Indiana
* Local educators say transgender policies won't change after Trump rollback
* Sam Thornton, Kiko Maso continue to shine on offense in Northridge win
* DNC race remains tight as Democrats seek to turn protests against Trump into wins
* 6 dead, 5 wounded in Chicago shootings
* Chinese Basketball Association elects Yao Ming as president
* No. 22 Butler rallies to stun No. 2 Villanova; Syracuse shocks No. 10 Duke
* No. 5 Fremd holds off No. 12 Prospect for MSL title, undefeated regular season
* All's quiet on Butler trade front with deadline at 2 p.m. Thursday
* Bulls' Dwyane Wade on track to return from wrist injury


» Illinois Issues: The Great Pension Chasm
» 16 Latino Leaders Resign From Chicago Public Schools Advisory Panel
» Teachers At Chicago Charter School Vote To Authorize A Strike
» City Council Delays Vote On Street Performing Ordinance
» Retired Generals Oppose Grand Bargain's Lower Phys Ed Standards
» Emanuel Reworks Plan For $15M Tax Rebate Money
» Immigrants Change Up Their Routines, Brace For Arrest
» Illinois Budget Impasse Jeopardizes Hundreds Of Student Jobs At Northeastern Illinois University
» State Board Of Education To Adjust How It Distributes Money
» New Immigration Enforcement Policies Worry Some Chicago Attorneys


* Bernard Schoenburg: Duckworth in weekly address: Trump record 'abysmal'
* Hastert victim again argues for remainder of hush money
* Our View: TIF doesn't stand for 'Take It Freely'
* AFSCME will announce results of strike-authorization vote Thursday
* Senate urged to leave state's PE requirements alone
* Our View: TIFs can't become the go-to bailout fund
* Luciano: State lawmakers fiddling while Illinois burns
* Illinois education board vote settles 2008 funding lawsuit
* Municipal League opposed to permanent property tax freeze
* E.J. Dionne: The death of a hero


* Illinois Lottery
* Lyric Theatre at Illinois: Viva Verdi
* Films remain in spotlight ahead of Oscar
* Fling: Entertainment briefs
* Slammed by the flu, businesses scramble to get work done
* Symphony to showcase region’s emerging talent
* Hawks shock North Greene
* Movie review: ‘A United Kingdom’ is first ‘must see’ of the year
* Regional roundup: Dawson beats buzzer, Rockets
* Reifsteck brothers trigger turnaround


* Lake County Board chairman chooses diversity event to reveal he's gay
* Silver Alert issued for man last seen in McHenry
* Silver Alert issued for man last seen in Glendale Heights
* Images: Stevenson vs. Warren boys basketball
* Chicago Bulls return to work as trade deadline looms

* Rep. Hultgren visits Aurora Textiles plant...
* US Congressman tours new Aurora Specialty ...
* Letter: Same insurance as Congress? - Kend...
* Majority of IL Congressional Delegation Op...
* GOP congressman appears to distance himsel...
* US Representative Randy Hultgren visits ne...
* Hultgren to participate in veterans forum ...
* Hultgren criticizes immigration ban, Roska...
* Rep. Hultgren visits Aurora Textiles plant...
* Hultgren guides STEM scholars through pres...

* Durbin Prompts Medical, Dental Schools to ......
* Durbin prompts medical, dental schools to ......
* Durbin prompts medical, dental schools to ......

* Bernard Schoenburg: Duckworth in weekly ad......

* “The Driver’s Side” – News From The Motorist’s Perspective
* Feds need a warrant to get into public schools; what’s wrong with that idea?
* Ammendola appointed to countywide McGinnis vacancy
* ThemPeople draw from Chicago’s close-knit hip-hop scene for two new tracks inspired by TV
* Nintendo’s new console Switch works best when it takes the video out of video games
* Federal investigation shows Pakistani bros secretly took $100k from Iraqi source
* Hinz: Chicago's leaders are to blame for Seaway Bank's failure
* Forty-fives go mobile on the gig poster of the week
* The OnEdge experimental performance series questions traditional theatrical norms
* Retired military leaders express concern over effort to lower Illinois PE requirements


* Governor Addresses State Board of Education to Emphasize Importance of Strong Accountability Standards
* Stars and Legends to Perform at 2017 Illinois State Fair - First Round of Grandstand Headliners Announced for Springfield Fair
* Earthquake Education Kiosk Unveiled at University Mall in Carbondale - IEMA, Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium project will help southern Illinois residents reduce damage, injuries from earthquakes
* Governor Takes Bill Action
* 2017 Budget Address

  
* India’s top mobile operator Airtel is buying smaller rival Telenor
* Verizon 5G pilot tests commence in 11 markets this year
* LG Display hyped about iPhone 7s LCD orders
* Another evleaks scoop on Galaxy S8+ specs
* LTE-U to launch this spring on the T-Mobile network
* Leaked materials show Samsung Galaxy S8+ specs
* [Deal] T-Mobile is running an unbelievable sale on the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, LG V20

* Holland brings loose, fun personality to White Sox clubhouse
* Holy Holland! Pitcher brings fun to White Sox clubhouse
* Frazier to miss several days of camp with sore side
* Geo Soto, Gio Soto share bond beyond name
* Giolito feels work from offseason paying off early in camp
* White Sox earn praise for reshaping club
* Giolito feels work from offseason paying off early in camp


Main Menu
Home
Illinois
YouTube
Pundit rankings
Obama
Subscriber Content
Durbin
Burris
Blagojevich Trial
Advertising
Updated Posts
Polls

Archives
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005

Syndication

RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0
WordPress




Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller