Category Archives: Legislative Updates

Read support letters from NJDC and NLADA for SB2370

National Legal Aid and Defender Association Letter:  NLADA Letter in support of SB2370 National Juvenile Defender Center Letter:  NJDCLetter of Support of SB2370

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Governor Signs Transfer Reform

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Elizabeth Clarke August 4, 2015, 847-894-4206 New Law Will Require Individual Review of Decision to Try Children age 15 and Children age 16/17 charged with certain offenses in Adult Court Law Taking Effect on January 1st … Continue reading

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Legislative Update May 28

Great News! Detention Reform: HB2567 HCA1 – a bill providing that a child under the age of 13 cannot be detained in a detention center unless a local youth service provider has been contacted and has not been able to accept … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Allows Resentencing of Illinois JLWOP Inmates

On Monday, December 1st, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court ruling that applied the national 2012 Alabama v. Miller decision, which banned mandatory life-without-parole sentences for youth offenders, retroactively. By declining, the US … Continue reading

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JJI’s Testimony before the Joint Criminal Justice Reform Committee Oct 14

Juvenile Justice Initiative President Betsy Clarke has testified before the Joint Criminal Justice Reform Committee on October 14, 2014, along with Cook County Board of President Toni Preckwinkle, IDJJ Director Candice Jones and many others. Betsy Clarke discussed the JJI automatic … Continue reading

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Upcoming Subject Matter Hearings

Committee Description Time Date Location HOUSE RESTORATIVE JUSTICE COMMITTEE Mental health accountability for adults and juveniles in county and state facilities 10:30am Oct. 7 C-600, 6th Floor Michael A Bilandic Building JOINT CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM COMMITTEE Discuss Sentencing Reform. 1:30pm … Continue reading

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Gov. Quinn Signs Juvenile Expungement Legislation!

Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation to erase some arrest records for children who were not charged with a crime. The legislation approved automatically clears records in less-serious, non-violent cases upon the person’s 18th birthday. The law takes effect Jan. 1. It … Continue reading

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Hearings Scheduled for Week of May 12

Bill Sponsor Description Date HB4496 Mary Flowers DJJ Case Plan & Service Plan Stipulations May 13 HB4869 Brian W. Stewart Two-Way Audio-Visual Communication May 13 HB5598 Sara Feigenholtz DCFS Voluntary Placement/Custody Relinquishment Prevention Act May 13 HB5707 Kelly Cassidy School … Continue reading

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Hearings Scheduled for Week of May 5

  Bill # Sponsor Description Date SB978 Kwame Raoul JUV CT-AUTOMATICALLY EXPUNGE May 6 SB2651 Ira Silverstein JUV CT-BAT&AGG BATT-TRANSFER May 7 HB6972 Michael Madigan DHS Budget May 9 HB5707 Kelly Cassidy SCH CD-BULLYING POLICY May 6

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Hearings Scheduled for Week of April 28

  Bill # Sponsor Description Date HB4775 Jay Hoffman SCH CD-SUSPEND/EXPEL STUDENT April 29 HB4869 Brian W. Stewart COURTS-TECH April 29 HB4417 Jay Hoffman PROBATION-PRETRIAL SERVICES April 29 HB4083 Lou LNG Clarification for Detention Standards April 29

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