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Author Topic: State House Passes Bill Rewarding Inmates Who Pursue Education Behind Bars  (Read 41507 times)

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Offline Lu

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Eks1975:   Thanks for this information.   We will look into the information here and see what happens!

Offline Memalogan89

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Hopefully this will apply to my fiancée. He just received his degree two months ago and he has been on his best behavior.



Offline Memalogan89

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After reading this again, I'm still wondering does Class X felonies with 85% of time still qualifies? What if the inmate's sentence is 16 months left, has been on good behavior and did complete schooling? I'm just trying to clarify this bill.



Offline Gizgirl2

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Yes, it says to ANY offender who completes their GED either in IDOC or county before they went to IDOC.

Offline Memalogan89

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Thanks GizGirl2. My fiancée just graduates with his associates two months ago and I was telling him about the bill he was just asking does he qualify also.



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HB3884 is only for GED not college.

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Oh ok  :wc5: that's not fair....



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Rauner signed HB3884 into law today, it takes effect January 1,2016.

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If you look at the amended section, it appears that this does NOT apply to all prisoners:

"The sentence credit awarded under this paragraph (4.1) shall be in addition to, and shall not affect, the award of sentence credit under any other paragraph of this Section, but shall also be pursuant to the guidelines and restrictions set forth in paragraph (4) of subsection (a) of this Section."

So, the categories of offenses that are restricted remain the same.

You can read the whole thing here: http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/publicacts/fulltext.asp?Name=099-0241

Offline Forevermah

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This amendment to HB3884, would allow any inmate to earn 90 days of sentence credit IF he/she completes their GED while inside, even if they did it during pretrial, not for any other classes/programs taken in IDOC custody..  GED ONLY!!



        (4.1) The rules and regulations shall also provide that
6          an additional 90 60 days of sentence credit shall be
7          awarded to any prisoner who passes high school equivalency
8          testing while the prisoner is committed to the Department
9          of Corrections. The sentence credit awarded under this
10          paragraph (4.1) shall be in addition to, and shall not
11          affect, the award of sentence credit under any other
12          paragraph of this Section, but shall also be pursuant to
13          the guidelines and restrictions set forth in paragraph (4)
14          of subsection (a) of this Section. The sentence credit
15          provided for in this paragraph shall be available only to
16          those prisoners who have not previously earned a high
17          school diploma or a high school equivalency certificate.
18          If, after an award of the high school equivalency testing
19          sentence credit has been made, the Department determines
20          that the prisoner was not eligible, then the award shall be
21          revoked. The Department may also award 90 60 days of
22          sentence credit to any committed person who passed high
23          school equivalency testing while he or she was held in
24          pre-trial detention prior to the current commitment to the
25          Department of Corrections.


http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/fulltext.asp?DocName=&SessionId=88&GA=99&DocTypeId=HB&DocNum=3884&GAID=13&LegID=90095&SpecSess=&Session=
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When does this take effect?
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January1,2016. It's posted a few post up!

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When does this take effect?

If you click on the link in Forevermah's post and look clear down the bottom, it says:

Effective Date: 1/1/2016

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Oh, lol I seen it this time!
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Every little bit helps..90 days closer to coming home! :wc38:

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New laws in effect for 2016 including HB3149 was passed does this including sentencing credit?



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New laws in effect for 2016 including HB3149 was passed does this including sentencing credit?

HB3149

Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Criminal Identification Act. Allows a person who earned a high school diploma, associate's degree, career certificate, vocational technical certification, or bachelor's degree, or passed the high school level Test of General Educational Development, during the period of his or her sentence, aftercare release, or mandatory supervised release, to petition for sealing before expiration of applicable waiting periods under the sealing law. The person cannot have completed the same educational goal previously. If the person's petition for sealing is denied, then the applicable waiting period under the sealing law shall apply to any subsequent petition for sealing by the person.
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Offline Memalogan89

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Thanks Mah. I was concerned because my fiancée finished his associates over the summer was wondering does this applies towards him with any type of good time credit to be released sooner?



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Mah, what does the sealing mean?



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Mah, what does the sealing mean?

That no one can see his record, especially when applying for work.  I wish they would do this for everyone after they have served their time.  It's hard when they have payed their dues and they still can't get work and better themselves with it hanging over their heads.
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