**Updated May 14, 2013
The Illinois Senate voted May 14, 2013 to approve HB2401. The bill heads next to Gov. Quinn for his signature.
HB2401, which would allow Cook County to identify limited geographical areas within the county to participate in Redeploy Illinois, cleared the House Judiciary Committee by a vote of 16-0 on March 20.
Redeploy Illinois offers counties fiscal incentives to provide alternatives to incarceration for youth. The services provided may include case management, court advocacy, education assistance, counseling and crisis intervention. Research shows that community-based services are both more cost effective for taxpayers and more effective at reducing recidivism.
Click here to read the latest Redeploy Illinois annual report to legislators, including a cost benefit analysis showing that while the annual appropriation for Redeploy Illinois is $2.4 million, it has saved the state an estimated $40 million in incarceration costs over six years. A story on the MacArthur Foundation Models for Change web site on Redeploy Illinois can be found here.
HB2401 is sponsored by Rep. Kelly M. Cassidy (D-Chicago) and Rep. Robyn Gabel (D-Evanston).