HB531

PA100-1182 (HB531): Restoring Parole for Illinois Youth

House Sponsor

Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie

Senate Sponsor

Senator Don Harmon

Over the past decade, the United States Supreme Court has repeatedly affirmed that youth must be treated differently from adults, declaring them “categorically less culpable” for their crimes and emphasizing that young people should have meaningful opportunities for release.  Despite the Court’s direction, until April 1, 2019, Illinois did not provide any mechanism for youth serving lengthy adult sentences to earn release.

 

Members of the Restore Justice board and colleagues attending the bill signing on April 1, 2019.

 

HB 531 – now Public Act 100-1182 – creates new parole opportunities for those under 21 coming into the system today with extreme sentences ahead of them—the first new opportunity for parole in this state since the practice was abolished in 1978.  Individuals seeking review will have the right to an attorney and the Prisoner Review Board will be required to consider the hallmark features of youth and subsequent growth when making their determinations.

 

 

The Governor and legislative leaders holding the signed bill on April 1, 2019.

 

Read the press release.

Bill Status: Signed

UPDATE: HB531 – known as the Youthful Parole bill – was signed into law by Governor Pritzker on Monday, April 1, 2019.

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