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Author Topic: State House Passes Bill Rewarding Inmates Who Pursue Education Behind Bars  (Read 41509 times)

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Offline Lu

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Would sealing be available for someone with a Class X sentence?

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Would sealing be available for someone with a Class X sentence?

No it's not, that is what is wrong with this. 
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Ok, thanks this is not so cool.



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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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Will class M be eligible for this 90 days also?

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Will class M be eligible for this 90 days also?
Did he already take the GED while in prison before this bill was passed, not sure if it's retro, they have to ask their counselors.




There are two topics going on in this topic too, one for the 90 days for getting GED while incarcerated and one for those that want to seal their records.

Any Class X or Class M cannot get their records sealed, even if they pass the GED while inside.
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Will class M be eligible for this 90 days also?
Did he already take the GED while in prison before this bill was passed, not sure if it's retro, they have to ask their counselors.




There are two topics going on in this topic too, one for the 90 days for getting GED while incarcerated and one for those that want to seal their records.
Yes he has gotten his GED plus he got his Associates Degree. I'm not sure if he would be eligible for the seal records but he is a first time offender.
Any Class X or Class M cannot get their records sealed, even if they pass the GED while inside.

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Sorry I'm not sure if I did my last post right. Yes he has gotten his GED and Associates Degree since being in.

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THIS NEEDS TO BE DONE:


1) Sealing reform - Many ex-offenders in Illinois are barred from entering their chosen professions - or simply from securing well-paying jobs - after serving their time. Without hope for a brighter future, it's not hard to see why half of ex-offenders end up back behind bars within three years. Record sealing gives reformed ex-offenders a chance at re-entering the workforce in a meaningful way. One of the main barriers to good work that ex-offenders face is the scarlet letter a criminal record leaves on a job application, even after an ex-offender has served his or her time. In 2013, Illinois passed a law allowing ex-offenders to petition to have their records sealed, meaning only law enforcement and certain types of employers, such as schools, can see an ex-offender's criminal record. But a person is only eligible for sealing after waiting three to four years from the end of his or her sentence, and not all ex-offenders are eligible. Illinois can break the cycle of crime and truly give ex-offenders a second chance by broadening sealing and eliminating wait times altogether.

Read the whole article:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/hilary-gowins/my-2016-wish-list-3-ways_b_8913262.html
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I am wondering why no one has mentioned the sentence credit for working that is included in this bill?


Public Act 099-0241
 



HB3884 Enrolled LRB099 04141 RLC 24161 b
 

 
    AN ACT concerning criminal law.
 
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 
represented in the General Assembly: 
 
    Section 5. The Unified Code of Corrections is amended by 
changing Section 3-6-3 as follows:
   
    (730 ILCS 5/3-6-3)  (from Ch. 38, par. 1003-6-3)   
    Sec. 3-6-3. Rules and Regulations for Sentence Credit.   
        (a) (1) The Department of Corrections shall prescribe 
    rules and regulations for awarding and revoking sentence 
    credit for persons committed to the Department which shall 
    be subject to review by the Prisoner Review Board. 
        (1.5) As otherwise provided by law, sentence credit may 
    be awarded for the following: 
            (A) successful completion of programming while in 
        custody of the Department or while in custody prior to 
        sentencing; 
            (B) compliance with the rules and regulations of 
        the Department; or 
            (C) service to the institution, service to a 
        community, or service to the State. 

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Deehi, I don't understand what you are actually saying??? this bill amended the following, the rest is the same as it always was:


HB 3884, says, “90 days of sentence credit shall be awarded to any prisoner who passes high school equivalency testing while the prisoner is committed to the Department of Corrections.” In other words, inmates will have 90 days deducted from their sentences. The credit can be tacked on to any credit that was previously earned by someone under DOC supervision.
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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=

My husband asked his counselor about this and was told that it did not appy to him, he has a Class X. As further confirmation the counselor called (what he said was) someone in Springfield who is part of the department who implements this and they confirmed that my husband would not be eligible because of his Class X. I don't kno who exaclty to reach out to but I'm looking for the TRUE answer, and also to find out if he obtains his diploma/GED thru an outside source (correspondence) would he still qualify for the credit.