Illinois citizens will now have public notice of criminals released early under a new law sponsored by Republican Gubernatorial candidate Bill Brady.
The new law effectively prohibits secret early release programs like those enacted by Governor Pat Quinn, which reportedly allowed approximately 1,700 dangerous criminals back in the streets with no public notification.
"This new law provides families and crime victims across Illinois with a basic right they've long deserved -- the right to be notified of any inmate released early onto our streets and neighborhoods by the state of Illinois." Brady said.
Brady also called on Quinn to immediately post photos and information on every inmate freed early under his administration's secret release plan, with emphasis on those whose whereabouts remain unknown.
The Brady sponsored law requires the Illinois Department of Corrections to publicly post photos and information of anyone released early from prison.
The law specifically requires the state to post the following: 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's legislation, sponsored in March of this year, had been awaiting Governor Quinn's signature for nearly two months. Brady said Quinn should have not have waited sixty days to this important legislation to protect Illinois families.
"Governor Quinn had two months to take action on this legislation, and waited until the last possible moment to sign it," Brady said. "Playing election year politics with the safety of our citizens is another example of Governor Quinn's failure to protect the public safety of our citizens."
Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) is a small business owner who has represented his community as state Senator since 2002. He is running for governor to bring a clean break to Illinois and build a job-growing environment.