Criminal Justice Reform Expands Opportunity
The League supported these many and varied Criminal Justice reform bills passed during the 100th
General Assembly and signed by the Governor:
HB0375 (PA100-0247) -
requires probation officer to undergo Crisis Intervention Team training
HB0514 (PA100-0282) -
requires Immediate sealing of a record of arrest or charge if result is acquittal or dismissal
HB0698 (PA100-0283) -
creates the Prisoner Entrepreneur Education Program to teach business skills and enable successful reentry into society
HB2373 (PA100-0284) -
expands record sealing eligibility
(allows video visitation in prisons to enable those in prison to maintain relationships with loved ones)
HB3712 (PA100-0198) -
helps men and women in prison to get access to tablets that will be used expressly to educate, hone skills, and video visit loved ones
SB1688 (PA100-0286) -
improves occupational licensing opportunities by creating a transparent and fair licensing process that looks at license applicants' rehabilitation along with criminal history.
SB1781 (PA100-0287) -
expungement or sealing fee waiver pilot extended
And these are the bills re: Juvenile Justice League supported:
HB2987 (PA100-0141) -
ensures that Illinois youth who are or were homeless, in foster care, or court- involved to have a chance to get the jobs and internships they are qualified for and need
HB3165 (PA100-0157) -
requires that training of juvenile personnel include restorative justice courses
HB3817 (PA100-0285) -
expands automatic expungement and strengthens confidentiality of juvenile records
HB3903 (PA100-0204) -
does not allow a place of detention or criminal processing on school grounds
Other important bills
which became public acts following League advocacy this year:
SB3: Expands the authority of counties with 500,000 or more people to consolidate local governmental units within their boundaries.
SB6 & 9: Budget bills that finally led to full year budget after two years without a full budget.
But, we have work yet to do:
protecting the woman's right to choose, making sure a salary history is not required on job applications and assuring the Charter School Commission cannot override decision of local school districts. In addition, we are working very hard to organize the final push to pass the ERA Amendment. Please keep working on all of these issues and contact the Issues Committee at any time for information, event speakers or assistance. Our collective work has great impact!