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On May 25, 2017, the Illinois General Assembly sent HB 2989 to Governor Bruce Rauner for his signature. The bill, approved unanimously in both chambers, ensures that Illinois inmates are not deprived in-person visits due to the availability of video visits. The bill also mandates that the Illinois Department of Corrections publish the number of in-person visits each inmate is entitled to per week and month; better explain identification requirements for visitors, and post daily any restrictions or denials of visitation for that day and the succeeding 5 calendar days. If signed, the bill, sponsored by Representative Justice Slaughter (D – Chicago), will go into effect on January 1, 2018.
Restore Justice educated policy-makers on high phone rates in Illinois prisons, assisting the efforts of Representative Carol Ammons (D – Champaign) in her effort to pass HB 6200 during the 2016 legislative session. Now Public Act 099-0878, the law caps phone charges at 7 cents per minute, a reduction of almost 50 percent. Restore Justice participated in this effort to ease the financial burden of communications among inmates and their loved ones.
Restore Justice was a strong proponent of this measure.