HB 2324: Ensure Real Accountability
Representative Lakesia Collins
Under Illinois’ accountability theory, you can be charged with and convicted of a crime you did not plan, agree to, participate in, or intend to commit, even if:
- You weren’t present.
- You didn’t know the crime would happen.
- The primary person responsible was acquitted or never charged.
- Criminalizes survivors of gender-based violence and holds them responsible for the actions of their abusive partners, even when they face threats.
- Disproportionately affects youth because they are more likely to act in groups and are more susceptible to peer pressure.
- Is currently impossible to quantify because Illinois does not identify or track when a person is charged using accountability.
HB 2324 would ensure people convicted under accountability are charged and sentenced based on their actual involvement. This bill:
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- Creates an accountability offense for people who didn’t intend to facilitate the crime.
- Prevents a person who was not part of the original plan from being charged with another person’s unintended crimes.
- Provides a sentencing structure for a person who is an accessory or participant (charged through accountability) in a crime, rather than the primary.
The bill was introduced in the House on February 14, 2023.