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Offline maripan

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HB 2515
« on: April 24, 2017, 08:23:22 PM »
Have you guys read HB 2515? What are your opinions?

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Re: HB 2515
« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2017, 08:26:24 PM »

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Re: HB 2515
« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2017, 11:24:52 AM »
 :wc6:u
Great legislation, it's back out for a third reading. I'm praying it passes. It would help my LO..ge was a juvenile offender, who's been in 23 years!
To help pass it write, email or call your legislators...the more they hear from their constituents, the more probability something will get done!

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Re: HB 2515
« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2017, 07:48:22 PM »
Stupid question..but if someone is in for first degree murder this wouldn't apply correct ?

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Re: HB 2515
« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2017, 08:03:33 PM »
Yes it would as long as they have served 20 years
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Re: HB 2515
« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2017, 08:46:11 PM »
What if he's sentenced 20, has 3 left. Doesn't it mention that 3 years prior to his out date he can apply to see the parol board, would that apply to him whose at 17 years ?

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Re: HB 2515
« Reply #6 on: May 19, 2017, 09:26:53 PM »
If he was only sentenced to 20 and it is required to serve 20 then it wouldnt make a difference to his sentence he would still have to serve it all. 20 years is required for murder conviction 10 for all other
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Re: HB 2515
« Reply #7 on: May 19, 2017, 10:29:40 PM »
This legislation applies to all who committed murder and were 21 or under, after serving 20 years they can apply for parole. They can apply for parole  3 years before reaching 20.  But it still has not passed. It's up for a reading next week.

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Re: HB 2515
« Reply #8 on: May 20, 2017, 01:11:36 AM »
Yes he was under 21, and is 3 years from making his 20. That'd be a blessing if that was the case. So would he be out and just do 3 years of parole instead if it does pass?

And so it has it's 3rd reading next week...then What? How many readings does it need?

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« Reply #9 on: May 20, 2017, 02:28:34 AM »
No if I am reading it right he can start the process 3 years out but cannot actually parole till he has served 20 years. No matter what atleast 20 years must be served.

. Provides that a person under 21 years of age at the time of the commission of a homicide offense or offenses shall be eligible for parole review by the Prisoner Review Board after serving 20 years or more of his or her sentence. Provides that 3 years prior to becoming eligible for parole review, the eligible person may file his or her petition for parole review with the Prisoner Review Board.
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Re: HB 2515
« Reply #10 on: May 20, 2017, 07:43:13 AM »
So what difference will this bill make? Either way he is coming out on parole at his 20 regardless so what s the point of a parole hearing 3 years prior if at 20 he's out on parole regardless.

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Re: HB 2515
« Reply #11 on: May 20, 2017, 01:32:22 PM »
This might be a crazy question but I am not familiar with the differences in the various offense classes.  This bill talks about many classess and specifically the class X.  My LO has a Class X and a Class M Offense.  Both acts committed prior to age 21.  If passed, will the Class M offense go under the same rule as the Class X? 

I hope that makes sense!!!!

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« Reply #12 on: May 20, 2017, 06:16:30 PM »
Ashley it wont make much of a difference to your loved one but because in the Illinois justice system no one is sentenced the same there are those out there that were sentenced to 30 or more years for the same or lesser offenses and it will be beneficial to them. Erwife I am not sure what a class m offense is but all offenses except murder have to serve 10 years and murder 20 then eligible for parole anyone who falls under the TIS laws that was sentenced before 21st birthday
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Re: HB 2515
« Reply #13 on: May 20, 2017, 07:22:49 PM »
Even if he was under 21? I pray hb2882 passes and knocks them down to 75%

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« Reply #14 on: May 20, 2017, 08:33:25 PM »
Yeah even though he was 21 because he was already sentenced to the minimum this law allows
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Re: HB 2515
« Reply #15 on: May 20, 2017, 09:22:10 PM »
I guess. Idk I just hope something passes with the TIS law reduction. By the time they do anything he'll already be out (3021)

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Re: HB 2515
« Reply #16 on: May 20, 2017, 09:56:59 PM »
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Ashley it wont make much of a difference to your loved one but because in the Illinois justice system no one is sentenced the same there are those out there that were sentenced to 30 or more years for the same or lesser offenses and it will be beneficial to them. Erwife I am not sure what a class m offense is but all offenses except murder have to serve 10 years and murder 20 then eligible for parole anyone who falls under the TIS laws that was sentenced before 21st birthday
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Thanks....a class M is for muder. But, i dont think he was sentenced under the TIS laws. He only had 50% so this may not apply to him at all. We only have 2.5 years left so I just have to keep being patient.

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Re: HB 2515
« Reply #17 on: May 20, 2017, 11:19:47 PM »
Sorry Erwife but those 2.5 years will fly by I cant wait till I get down that low we have done 17 and have 10 more to go if these laws don't change.
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Re: HB 2515
« Reply #18 on: May 21, 2017, 12:12:33 AM »
My husband is a class M ( murder ) he's been in now 26yrs at 50% with 3yrs left. He went in at age 18, do you think this will help him?

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Re: HB 2515
« Reply #19 on: May 21, 2017, 11:03:09 AM »
If it gets passed it could shorten his time yes. He may be able to get out right after it passes
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Re: HB 2515
« Reply #20 on: May 21, 2017, 02:34:20 PM »
Thank you! What will the next steps will be? Is this reading the time that it can pass or be thrown out? If it passes the House does it then go to the Senate or does it move on to the Governor?

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« Reply #21 on: May 21, 2017, 04:36:49 PM »
That I am not sure if I am pretty good at reading and understanding the bills but the order of things confused me
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Re: HB 2515
« Reply #22 on: May 21, 2017, 10:52:39 PM »
Thanks Holdinitdown!!! He has been in for 20 years already and we have lost a lot of time.  We were together prior to him going in and I just could not do that 23 years with him.  We were both very young (I was 17 and He was 19) and I knew I had my whole life to live.  In the meantime, I got married, had kids and got divorced.  I guess things have gone full circle and now, we are ready to start our lives together.  Im trying to be patient but my anxiety gets the best of me. 

I really do appreciate this group for the knowledge and support.   :wc6:

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Re: HB 2515
« Reply #23 on: May 22, 2017, 01:55:28 AM »
Wow erwife so close to my same story my lo and I dated for almost 10 years bef or he got locked up and I was only 25 so we split I got married as well I did not have kids but herr we are back where we started with the one we should have always been with. We have been apart 15 years. I still have up to 10 to go though depending on the TIS laws
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Re: HB 2515
« Reply #24 on: May 24, 2017, 03:31:08 AM »
That I am not sure if I am pretty good at reading and understanding the bills but the order of things confused me
hildinitdown to my understanding from the way it was explain to me that after and if the House passes this it then goes to the Senate. When and if the Senate passes this it moves on to the Governor. It still has a long ways to go before it can be a law. I'm afraid that by the time this will be past if it does my husband will be out. But I do hope it does past to help others like my husband.

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« Reply #25 on: May 24, 2017, 04:36:55 AM »
If he has got 3 years left that is unlikely the last one passed in just a few month. Don't get your hopes up but keep your prayers working it is possible for it.to help him. It does have a way to go but those steps do not take years chances are anything that is gonna get passed they are trying to get set for next year.
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Re: HB 2515
« Reply #26 on: May 25, 2017, 09:32:57 PM »
This bill is up for next year, did I read that right? Also as far as writing representatives, is there specific ones we should contact? We have a long way to go but any time off would be nice.

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Re: HB 2515
« Reply #27 on: May 26, 2017, 07:48:52 PM »
Does anyone know if this is like a modified version of HB6622 of last year? It sounds similar...
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Re: HB 2515
« Reply #28 on: May 27, 2017, 05:54:10 AM »
Sorry I have another question: What is the difference between this HB2515 and SB2073? :wc13: I apologize if that's a dumb question but I don't live in the US so I'm not at all familiar with the legislation process over there... Thanks for any help with this!
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« Reply #29 on: June 01, 2017, 02:37:53 AM »
I was wondering the same thing?  :wc13:
Bill 2073
IL State Legislature page for SB2073
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Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 2-0)
Status: Introduced on February 10 2017 - 25% progression
Action: 2017-05-30 - Senate Floor Amendment No. 2 Assignments Refers to Criminal Law
Pending: Senate Criminal Law Committee
Text: Latest bill text (Introduced) [HTML]

Summary
Amends the Unified Code of Corrections. Provides that at least 9 (rather than 6) members appointed to the Prisoner Review Board must have had at least 5 (rather than 3) years' experience in the field of juvenile matters including a post-graduate degree and a demonstrated competency in the field of adolescent development. Provides that no more than 3 members qualified in the field of juvenile matters may use their experience in law enforcement, the prosecution of juveniles, corrections, or their prior experience as a member of the Board prior to the effective date of the amendatory Act, towards their 5 years of actual experience in the field of juvenile matters. Provides that a person under 21 years of age at the time of the commission of a non-homicide offense or offenses, and who is not serving a sentence for a homicide offense, shall be eligible for parole review by the Prisoner Review Board after serving 10 years or more of his or her sentence. Provides that a person under 21 years of age at the time of the commission of a homicide offense or offenses shall be eligible for parole review by the Prisoner Review Board after serving 20 years or more of his or her sentence. Provides that 3 years prior to becoming eligible for parole review, the eligible person may file his or her petition for parole review with the Prisoner Review Board. Provides that the eligible person has a right to be physically present at the Prisoner Review Board hearing. Provides that the eligible person and his or her counsel have a right to present written documents and oral testimony at the Prisoner Review Board hearing. Provides that, unless denied parole, the eligible person shall be released on parole which shall operate to discharge the remaining term of years or natural life sentence imposed upon him or her, notwithstanding any required mandatory supervised release period the eligible person is required to serve.

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PAROLE-OFFENSE UNDER 21

Sponsors
Sen. Don Harmon [D]   Sen. Jacqueline Collins [D]
History
Date   Chamber   Action
Date   Chamber   Action
2017-05-30   Senate   Senate Floor Amendment No. 2 Assignments Refers to Criminal Law
2017-05-29   Senate   Senate Floor Amendment No. 2 Referred to Assignments
2017-05-29   Senate   Senate Floor Amendment No. 2 Filed with Secretary by Sen. Don Harmon
2017-05-15   Senate   Placed on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading May 16, 2017
2017-05-15   Senate   Second Reading
2017-04-28   Senate   Rule 2-10 Third Reading Deadline Established As May 31, 2017
2017-04-06   Senate   Placed on Calendar Order of 2nd Reading April 25, 2017
2017-04-06   Senate   Do Pass as Amended Criminal Law; 010-000-000
2017-04-06   Senate   Senate Committee Amendment No. 1 Adopted
2017-03-30   Senate   Added as Chief Co-Sponsor Sen. Jacqueline Y. Collins
2017-03-17   Senate   Rule 2-10 Committee Deadline Established As April 7, 2017
2017-03-15   Senate   Senate Committee Amendment No. 1 Assignments Refers to Criminal Law
2017-03-15   Senate   Postponed - Criminal Law
2017-03-13   Senate   Senate Committee Amendment No. 1 Referred to Assignments
2017-03-13   Senate   Senate Committee Amendment No. 1 Filed with Secretary by Sen. Don Harmon
2017-03-08   Senate   Postponed - Criminal Law
2017-02-28   Senate   Assigned to Criminal Law
2017-02-10   Senate   Referred to Assignments
2017-02-10   Senate   First Reading
2017-02-10   Senate   Filed with Secretary by Sen. Don Harmon
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730   5   3-3-1   Amended Code   Citation Text
730   5   3-3-2   Amended Code   Citation Text
730   5   5-4.5-110   New Code   See Bill Text
730   5   5-4.5-115   New Code   See Bill Text
730   5   5-4.5-20   Amended Code   Citation Text
730   5   5-4.5-25   Amended Code   Citation Text
730   5   5-4.5-30   Amended Code   Citation Text
730   5   5-8-1   Amended Code   Citation Text
735   5   3-104   Amended Code   Citation Text
Illinois State Sources
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Summary   http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/BillStatus.asp?DocNum=2073&GAID=14&DocTypeID=SB&SessionID=91&GA=100
Text   http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/100/SB/10000SB2073.htm
Amendment   http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/100/SB/10000SB2073sam001.htm
Amendment   http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/100/SB/10000SB2073sam002.htm

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Re: HB 2515
« Reply #30 on: June 12, 2017, 06:44:22 AM »
This bill didn't make it out of session which ended 5/31/2017. 



If a bill doesn’t make it all the way through this process before the end of session, that bill dies and must begin the process anew the next year.
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Re: HB 2515
« Reply #31 on: June 12, 2017, 11:45:26 PM »
Forevermah does that apply to both SB2073 and HB2515 bills?

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Re: HB 2515
« Reply #32 on: June 13, 2017, 09:02:04 AM »
This bill didn't make it out of session which ended 5/31/2017. 



If a bill doesn’t make it all the way through this process before the end of session, that bill dies and must begin the process anew the next year.

What a bummer, this one might have made a huge difference for us. So are they both dead, HB 2515 and SB2073?
I wonder why the bill was filed this late, in February, when session already ends at the end of May? Does that indicate that they're not really too passionate about it? Who can we contact to try to get it refiled ASAP? The senator who initially filed SB2073? Or a representative? Me living overseas, I guess they wouldn't really listen to me but I'd give it a shot anyway...
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Re: HB 2515
« Reply #33 on: June 15, 2017, 10:20:11 AM »
Forevermah does that apply to both SB2073 and HB2515 bills?

Any bill that didn't make it out of the current session is considered dead.  End of sessions was May 31st.  Maybe they will be brought back up in the fall, have to wait and see.  It will have to start through the process again.
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Re: HB 2515
« Reply #34 on: June 30, 2017, 06:37:43 PM »
Well July 7 2017  hope it pass

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Re: HB 2515
« Reply #35 on: June 30, 2017, 09:49:44 PM »
What's on July 7?

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Re: HB 2515
« Reply #36 on: June 30, 2017, 10:18:13 PM »
HB2515 extended to july 7 2017ashleysiek

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« Reply #37 on: July 01, 2017, 02:04:45 AM »
Now I'm really confused. :wc13:  So this bill is not dead yet and could still pass?
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Re: HB 2515
« Reply #38 on: July 01, 2017, 03:55:40 PM »
ILHB2515IntroAmends the Unified Code of Corrections. Provides that at least 9 (rather than 6) members appointed to the Prisoner Review Board must have had at least 5 (rather than 3) years' experience in the field of juvenile matters including a post-graduate degr...
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Re: HB 2515
« Reply #39 on: July 04, 2017, 11:14:42 AM »
All bills that did not pass by May 31st are dead for now.. They have to be redone and brought forward in the new session, if then.
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Re: HB 2515
« Reply #40 on: July 09, 2017, 12:59:39 AM »
Has anyone read hb531? It's in Senate and supposed to be up in the fall session this year (veto sessiom) according to the state rep.

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Re: HB 2515
« Reply #41 on: July 09, 2017, 12:26:38 PM »
I am confused am I reading the wrong thing? All this has to do with is building code violations. How does this affect prison reform?
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Re: HB 2515
« Reply #42 on: July 09, 2017, 03:11:44 PM »
https://actionnetwork.org/letters/restore-parole-for-illinois-youth?source=direct_link

I found this online and it talks about HB531, but when I look up the bill all I find is something about creating a new offense called criminal building management? So I'm confused just like holdinitdown...
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Re: HB 2515
« Reply #43 on: July 09, 2017, 04:11:47 PM »

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Re: HB 2515
« Reply #44 on: July 09, 2017, 05:34:52 PM »
Thanks, found it now.;-)  Doesn't sound like it would be retroactive though... Or am I reading it wrong? 
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Re: HB 2515
« Reply #45 on: July 09, 2017, 09:23:30 PM »
I don't think you are reading it wrong it says on or after effective date of ammendatory act so that would be from here moving forward. I do not understand how this is going to lower any of the prison population of it is not going to be retroactive it won't make a difference at all for atleast 10 years
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Re: HB 2515
« Reply #46 on: July 09, 2017, 10:57:11 PM »
That's where it is all too confusinh. My l/o is serving a 20 yr bid for murder. It says that they have to serve a minimum of 30 years however 3 years prior to being parole eligible they may apply for parole. Would he apply at 17 years, being that that is when he is 3 years prior to his eligibility? If that makes sense lol. If so, that puts him at next year.

I feel it should retro bsck that way . People who have been serving these 10+ year sentences have had much time to think, reflect and have a second chance to make a better life instead of wasting more time in prison doing absolutely nothing since let's face it, our IDOC has very small structure.

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Re: HB 2515
« Reply #47 on: July 10, 2017, 12:01:04 AM »
I'm not sure if I'm reading this right but I believe that this HB531 bill has passed the house and most of the votes in the Senate is in favor of it. What's the dif in this bill and the HB2515 bill?

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Re: HB 2515
« Reply #48 on: July 10, 2017, 09:42:02 AM »
Not sure there is a difference between HB531 and the last version of HB2515. Looks like up until the 1st amendment of HB2515 it was going to be retroactive but from the 2nd amendment onward that section seems to have been deleted. It originally read:

Except for those individuals sentenced prior to
February 1, 1978, and who are eligible for parole release by
the Prisoner Review Board at the time of the effective date of
this amendatory Act of the 100th General Assembly, this Section
shall operate retroactively to a person incarcerated for an
offense or offenses committed before the effective date of this
amendatory Act of the 100th General Assembly when he or she was
under the age of 21 at the time of the commission of the
offense or offenses.

But that section is no longer in there now, so I'm afraid it would only apply to people sentenced on or after the effective date. If they're not going to make this retroactive, it'll be useless to all of us.  :wc96:
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Re: HB 2515
« Reply #49 on: July 10, 2017, 11:23:09 AM »
    SB1722 does very little to relax counterproductive truth in sentencing (TIS) restrictions.  For the most part, it wastes pages listing the current regulations.  Kathryn Saltmarsh’s excellent ‘Sentencing Policy Advisory Council’ (SPAC) analyzed the bill as follows – “SB1722 increases eligibility for supplemental sentence credit and programming credit for certain inmates who earn only 7.5 days of credit for every month served pursuant to 75% TIS, (730ILCS 5/3 -6/3(a)(2)).  However, credits are limited in that time served cannot go below 60% of the imposed sentence.---“
 
     “Approx.  430 people in prison are under 75% TIS Restrictions.
 
     If IDOC were able to reduce the time served from 75% to 60% for these inmates, the average time served would fall by approx. 1.6 years.  In the SPAC population projection, the sentence credit could reduce the prison population between 10 and 20 inmates.
 
     That is wonderful for those few, VERY INSIGNIFICANT in reducing our overcrowded prisons and balancing costs. There are NO relaxing TIS for inmates serving 100%, and the bill restates that 85% inmates remain at 85%.
 
     Gov. Rauner and many others praised the work of his Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform (CJSR).  The CJSR recommended (Reform #19) that TIS be relaxed as follows:  100% to serve no less than 90%; 85% no less than 75%; 75% no less than 60%.  Ms. Saltmarsh’s SPAC had previously analyzed a bill (Hbefore123) that was very similar to current HB2882 and HB3355 in relaxing the TIS restrictions.  The analysis covered 3 years (2011-2013) and was calculated with inmates receiving the maximum number of allowable sentence credits. The dollars saved over that period were TREMENDOUS!  Potentially up to $256 MILLIONS!  If House Bills 2882 and 3355 were amended to allow retroactive sentence credit, then passed, inmates could begin being processed out quickly, and the TREMENDOUS dollar savings start being realized.
 
     My personal preference is HB3355.
 
 
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Re: HB 2515
« Reply #50 on: July 13, 2017, 04:54:17 PM »
It is such a shame that HB531 is so close to passing, but won't make a difference to any of our loved ones currently serving a sentence.

We all should write to the governor, state reps and legislators to urge them to write this retroactively. How is it fair for it to benefit future inmates but not our loved ones who have served a significant amount of time. I have emailed all of the reps on this bill and hope everyone else can do the same to be the voice our loved ones can't be.

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Re: HB 2515
« Reply #51 on: July 16, 2017, 08:55:02 AM »
It is such a shame that HB531 is so close to passing, but won't make a difference to any of our loved ones currently serving a sentence.

We all should write to the governor, state reps and legislators to urge them to write this retroactively. How is it fair for it to benefit future inmates but not our loved ones who have served a significant amount of time. I have emailed all of the reps on this bill and hope everyone else can do the same to be the voice our loved ones can't be.

Exactly. There's more inmates currently locked up then it is coming through the doors. Some have been locked up for 10-20+ years and for someone to benefit from it in the future is a slap in the face

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« Reply #52 on: July 17, 2017, 10:18:56 PM »
Exactly !!! I emailed every rep on this bill stating how it should be retroactive and isn't fair. Doubt it will help but any chance is worth it

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Re: HB 2515 and SB1722
« Reply #53 on: January 20, 2018, 08:37:14 PM »
Senate sponsors:   Kwame Raoul   Antonio Munoz  Omar Aquino

House sponsors:  Jim Durkin     Jamie M. Andrade  Jr   John M. Cabello
     Patricia R. Bellock   David Harris  Tom Demmer  Barbara Wheeler
  Michael P. McAuliffe, Brian Stewart

Gov. Bruce Rauners Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform  {CJSR) was highly acclaimed and praised when it released its final report with recommendations in December of 2016.  One of the commission’s recommendations (Reform #19) was that Truth In Sentencing (TIS) laws be relaxed as follows:  100% to serve no less than 90%;  85% no less than 75%; 75% no less than 60%.  The CJSR made a strong case for extending the ability to earn sentence credit to inmates sentenced under TIS (pages 55-60).  On page 59, they state, “These restrictions are counterproductive.---“

Your Senate Bill 1722 granted the ability to earn credit to inmates sentenced at 75%, but specifically excluded the other categories.  May we inquire why you chose to ignore the CJSR recommendations for the 100% and 85% inmates? Would (are) you consider an amendment to include the 100% and 85% inmates? Including the 100% and the 85% TIS inmates would help to significantly reduce the overcrowded prison system, and potentially save hundreds of millions of dollars.

PLEASE CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATORS ABOUT AMENDING  SB 1722    THANK YOU


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