After weeks of inaction by Governor Quinn to help law enforcement officials locate and apprehend dozens of escaped parolees under his secret early release plan, Bill Brady today called on Quinn to establish an online "Most Wanted E-Gallery" that would be required under legislation waiting for his signature.
"Through inaction and excuses, Governor Quinn has abdicated his most important responsibility -- to protect the safety of Illinois families." Brady said.
"These criminals should have never been set free early," Brady said. "We need to provide law enforcement with every possible tool to find and capture dangerous criminals."
Brady was joined by DuPage County State's Attorney, Joe Birkett.
In March, Brady proposed a bill (SB3411) requiring the Illinois Department of Corrections to publicly post photos and information of anyone released early from prison. The bill passed the legislature, but has been awaiting Quinn's signature for nearly two months.
Under the bill, the state will post online: A recent photo, the inmate's name, any known alias, date of birth, physical characteristics, residence address, commitment offense and county where conviction was imposed.
Brady said photos and information of all early release criminals on the loose should remain posted until they are found in what he called, an online "Most Wanted E-Gallery."
In addition to signing the bill, which will apply to future early release criminals, Brady called on Quinn to immediately post photos and information on every parolee freed early under his administration's secret release plan, with emphasis on those whose whereabouts remain unknown.
The Quinn Administration secretly freed hundreds of prisoners from prison last year. The Associated Press reported last month that at least 50 remain on the loose.
"We need this law," Brady said. "It will force Governor Quinn and any future governor to be straight with the people of Illinois about any early releases. In fact, by its nature, it will make any future secret release programs illegal. Any future releases will have to be made public."