Illinois Bar Journal

Articles on Corrections

Prisoners now entitled to seven monthly visits

October
2018
Illinois Law Update
Page 18
The Unified Code of Corrections was amended to increase the overall number of visits that inmates can receive to seven per month from a pre-authorized roster of 30 people submitted by the inmate.

Department of Corrections and Illinois Housing Development Authority coordinate housing program to assist former inmates’ transition back into communities

July
2018
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
The Department of Corrections (DOC) and Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) have implemented a system to aid former inmates as they transition to the community.

Unified Code of Corrections amended to provide for a permanent “Women’s Division”

June
2018
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
These amendments to the Unified Code of Corrections provide for the creation of a permanent Women's Division, with the statewide authority to oversee all of the Department of Corrections' women's correctional centers and women's adult transition centers.

When DUI Causes Death: What ‘Extraordinary Circumstances’ Justify Probation?

By Anthony W. Vaupel
February
2015
Article
Page 36
Illinois law requires that defendants convicted of aggravated DUI resulting in death be sentenced to prison unless the court finds "extraordinary circumstances." But what does that phrase mean?

Reimbursements for the Offender Initiative Program and Second Chance Probation

December
2014
Illinois Law Update
Page 572
The General Assembly added a section to the Unified Code of Corrections that governs appropriations for the Offender Initiative Program and Second Chance Probation.

Modifications made to definition of “eligible offender” in the Unified Code of Corrections. PA 097-1113

June
2013
Illinois Law Update
Page 284
Illinois lawmakers have amended the Unified Code of Corrections by modifying the definition of "eligible offender" as it relates to a judge's discretion in granting "relief from forfeitures and disabilities automatically imposed by law." 730 ILCS 5/5-5.5-5.

State law enforcement must notify the Department of Corrections regarding orders of protection against inmates or parolees. PA 097-0904

March
2013
Illinois Law Update
Page 124
Illinois lawmakers have amended the Code of Criminal Procedure of 1963, (725 ILCS 5/112A-22), the Stalking No Contact Order Act, (740 ILCS 21/115), the Civil No Contact Order Act, (740 ILCS 22/218), and the Illinois Domestic Violence Act of 1986 (750 ILCS 60/222) to include new mandatory notification procedures.

The Journey to Evidence-Based Practices in Illinois Probation

By Cynthia Y. Cobbs & Michael J. Tardy
March
2012
Article
Page 154
An overview of the history, structure, and evolutionary changes in the Illinois adult and juvenile probation system.

Act provides assistance to the families and children of incarcerated parents. PA 096-0068

October
2009
Illinois Law Update
Page 496
The Department of Human Services Act has been amended to require state agencies to provide the families and children of incarcerated parents with information about how to obtain social services. 

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