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SB 2621 - Amends the Department of Corrections' Early Release Program - Key Vote

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Legislation - Signed (Executive) -

Title: Amends the Department of Corrections' Early Release Program

Signed by Governor Pat Quinn
Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (68-50) - (Key vote)

Title: Amends the Department of Corrections' Early Release Program

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that authorizes the award of sentence credit for various inmate activities through the Department of Corrections' early release program.

Highlights:
  • Authorizes the award of sentence credit through the Department of Corrections’ early release program for certain inmate activities including, but not limited to, the following (Sec. 5):
    • Successful completion of a behavior modification program, a life skills course, or a substance abuse program while incarcerated; or
    • Service to the correctional institution, a community, or the state.
  • Authorizes the award of 60 days of sentence credit to any inmate who passes the high school level test of General Educational Development (GED) during incarceration or pre-trial detention (Sec. 5).
  • Authorizes the award of sentence credit to an inmate who was held in pre-trial detention prior to incarceration and successfully completed one of the following programs (Sec. 5):
    • A full-time, 60 day or longer substance abuse program;
    • An educational program;
    • A behavior modification program;
    • A life skills course; or
    • Re-entry planning provided by the Department of Corrections or a county jail.
  • Specifies that sentence credit awarded to an inmate who was held in pre-trial detention will be calculated during the inmate’s sentencing, and that the credit will be used to reduce the number of days that the inmate will be incarcerated (Sec. 5).
  • Prohibits an inmate who is serving a term for first degree murder or for terrorism from receiving sentence credit through the early release program (Sec. 5).
  • Limits an inmate who is serving a sentence for any of the following crimes to no more than 4.5 days of sentence credit per month (Sec. 5):
    • An attempt to commit first degree murder;
    • Aggravated sexual assault;
    • Aggravated kidnapping; or
    • Solicitation of murder.
  • Limits an inmate who is serving a sentence for any of the following crimes to no more than 7.5 days of sentence credit per month (Sec. 5):
    • Controlled substance trafficking;
    • Possession of a controlled substance with intent to manufacture that substance; or
    • Delivery of a controlled substance.
  • Limits an inmate who is serving a sentence for any of the following crimes to no more than 90 days of sentence credit (Sec. 5):
    • Reckless homicide while under the influence of alcohol or any other drug;
    • Aggravated kidnapping;
    • Child pornography; or
    • Predatory sexual assault of a child.
  • Authorizes the award of up to 180 days of sentence credit to inmates who demonstrate good conduct including, but not limited to, the following (Sec. 5):
    • Compliance with rules and regulations of the Department of Corrections;
    • Service to the Department of Corrections; or
    • Service to the community.
Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (55-1) -
Legislation - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Amends the Department of Corrections' Early Release Program

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