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New Legislation Offers a Second Chance for Illinois Ex-Offenders


April 6, 2009

Chicago, IL – Supporters say it's all about giving a fair chance to ex-offenders who are trying to rebuild their lives after leaving prison. House Bill 2475, an amendment to the Human Rights Act in Illinois, would stop companies from discriminating against most people with criminal convictions, if they had not had encounters with the law for seven years after their release from prison.

The director of the criminal justice program at Protestants for the Common Good, Walter Boyd, says this bill creates a bit of redemption that doesn't currently exist in our society.

"Ex-offenders who have served their time and paid their debt to society continue to pay that same debt over and over again in lack of job opportunities."

While the bill does not require employers to hire people with criminal histories, Boyd says it does call for individualized determinations that take into account an individual's qualifications and history.

"People should have a fair opportunity to discuss the relevant circumstances of the offense, themselves, and their re-integration back into society."

Boyd says this measure is important for the community because without employment opportunities, neighborhoods might become more dangerous as some ex-offenders could be forced to turn to crime to support their families.

More than 84 percent of those in Illinois prisons have been convicted of non-violent offenses, and Boyd says they deserve a second chance. Some retail organizations are concerned the legislation would create frivolous lawsuits, but supporters of the measure say it won't be a burden as courts are already successfully dealing with alleged discrimination based on age, gender and race.

http://www.publicnewsservice.org/index.php?/content/article/8508-1
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Re: Second Chance Bill to be SIGNED THIS SATURDAY!
« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2013, 01:52:54 PM »
 The Governor will be signing the SECOND CHANCE BILL this Saturday!




Saturday, August 3,

2013


1:30 PM


People's Church of the Harvest,

3570 W. Fifth Avenue, Chicago


 


Synopsis of Bills he will be signing are as

follows:




SB1659   

Expands the Ex-Offender Income Tax Credit by: (1) Increasing the amount of

credit for each qualified ex-offender from $600 to $1,500; (2) Modifying the

definition of a qualified ex-offender to include (A) a person who has been

convicted of a crime in Illinois or offense in any other jurisdiction, not

including any offense or attempted offense that would subject a person to

registration under the Sex Offender Registration Act and (B) a person who was

hired by the taxpayer within 3 years (instead of 1 year) after being released

from an Illinois adult correctional center; and (3) Making the credit permanent.

(Van Pelt/Turner)


 
HB2470   

Provides that the petitioner, State's Attorney or prosecutor charged with

prosecuting the offense, the arresting agency, or the chief legal officer of the

unit of local government effecting the arrest, may file a motion to vacate,

modify, or reconsider the order granting or denying the petition to expunge or

seal within 60 days of service of the order.

(Lightford/Turner)
 
HB3010   

Creates Second Chance Probation for certain class 3 and class 4 offenses.

Eliminates forgery, deceptive practices, and possession or use of another's

credit or debit card as offenses for which a defendant may be eligible for

Second Chance Probation.
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Re: New Legislation Offers a Second Chance for Illinois Ex-Offenders
« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2013, 03:14:01 PM »
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