Policy Updates

Removing Invisible Bars Bill (SB 2282)

Screen Shot 2016-05-16 at 4.48.53 PMIllinois Senate Bill 2282, otherwise known as the Removing Invisible Bars Bill, was read in at the state capitol on January 27, 2016. A substantial portion of admissions to Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) are individuals on Mandatory Supervised Release who have violated their release conditions. These are known as “technical violations”. These conditions incarcerate individuals within their communities, even though they are no longer inside prison cells. During the fiscal year of 2014, over 11,000 parolees were returned to prison—8295 were from technical violations alone—at a cost of over $185 million dollars.

SB 2282, which was drafted by IMAN staff and leaders, amends a condition of parole that would otherwise re-incarcerate a parolee who is performing community work, limits technical violations to serious conditions such as committing new crimes and will save the state millions of dollars.

Justice Reinvestment (SB 2295)

This bill calls for the reclassification of low-level felonies to misdemeanors and the elimination or reduction of served jail time. A substantial portion of money saved from redirecting individuals away from prison is reinvested into the community for job training, mental health, pre-K programs and opportunities for living-wage jobs, affordable housing, and other community-based initiatives.

Retention of Police Misconduct Records (SB 2233)

This bill would stop the destruction of vital police misconduct records, preserving patterns of negative behavior reported against police officers. Records will remain permanently in the system and subject to FOIA as ruled in 2014.

FOIA Police Camera Video Cameras/Documents (SB 2210)

This bill amends FOIA to include body and dash camera footage. Establishes that videos related to the discharge of officer’s firearm and/or an officer involved death are subject to FOIA, except when exemption is approved by a judge.

SRO/Arrests

Stops youth from being arrested for minor infractions. Arrests would only be made for actions considered a felony outside of school grounds. Reallocates school funds from the use of police in schools to restorative justice practices and other evidence-based alternatives such as counselors and mental health specialists.