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Representatives Rita Mayfield and Seth Lewis
Senate President Don Harmon
We need to abolish life without parole sentences for people 20 and younger in Illinois!
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We can build on recent legislative progress in Illinois to align our state with new norms, court decisions, and international standards.
HB 1064 would prevent life without parole sentences for most people 20 and younger. It creates an opportunity for people younger than 21 when convicted and sentenced to first-degree murder or a term of natural life imprisonment to be eligible for parole review. People could petition the Prisoner Review Board for parole consideration after serving 40 years or more of their sentences.
Young people could still serve life in prison. This bill simply ensures they have a limited opportunity to be considered for parole. The legislation would not be retroactive.READ FULL BILL DOWNLOAD FACT SHEET
A version of the bill was introduced in the House on February 16, 2021.