Sentencing News

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February 16, 2017

Goodlatte ‘committed’ to criminal justice reform

Originally seen in Washington Examiner House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte said criminal justice reform remains a top agenda item for the new Congress. “[T]he committee will continue to advance an agenda that ensures our federal criminal laws are designed to appropriately punish wrongdoers,” the Virginia Republican said Wednesday in a speech to the Federalist Society at… Read more »

February 14, 2017

Statehouse Roundup: Criminal Justice Reform Package Passes House

Originally seen in The State Journal-Register. The Illinois House has approved a package of criminal-justice reforms to aid crime victims and reduce prison populations. The plan won House approval 83-26 on Monday and moves to the Senate. It includes additional counseling and other services for crime victims paid with federal funds. It would allow prisoners… Read more »

February 14, 2017

Rauner Signs Criminal Justice Reform Bill, Earning Praise From Dems

Originally seen in ABC7 Eyewitness News.  Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner earned rare praise from Democratic lawmakers Thursday for his effort to reform the state’s criminal justice system. Rauner – the super-wealthy, fiscally conservative North Shore Republican – is Illinois’ new criminal justice reform champion. Even Democrats called a truce in the bitter state budget war… Read more »

February 14, 2017

Several Criminal Justice Reform Laws Take Effect In New Year In Illinois

Originally seen in Illinois News Network.  New legislation taking effect January 1 will reform how criminal records are expunged in Illinois, as well as allow released inmates to work in more professions in spite of their records. State Rep. Barbara Wheeler, R-Crystal Lake, said House Bill 5017 will give juveniles convicted of low-level crimes a… Read more »

February 14, 2017

Study: Crime Victims in Illinois Prefer Shorter Sentences for Offenders

Originally seen in Chicago Tonight. On Oct. 21, Lisa Daniels sat inside the Markham County Courthouse awaiting the plea hearing of Michael Reed, the man who fatally shot her 25-year-old son, Darren Easterling, in 2012. Reed was 21 when he fired several shots at Easterling during a drug deal in Park Forest. He pleaded guilty… Read more »