(20 ILCS 3929/2)
Capital Punishment Reform Study Committee.
(a) There is created the Capital Punishment Reform Study Committee,
hereinafter referred to as the Committee, consisting of 15 members appointed as
(1) Three members appointed by the President of the
(2) Two members appointed by the Minority Leader of
(3) Three members appointed by the Speaker of the
House of Representatives;
(4) Two members appointed by the Minority Leader of
the House of Representatives;
(5) One member appointed by the Attorney General;
(6) One member appointed by the Governor;
(7) One member appointed by the Cook County State's
(8) One member appointed by the Office of the Cook
(9) One member appointed by the Office of the State
(10) One member appointed by the office of the
State's Attorneys Appellate Prosecutor.
(b) The Committee shall study the impact of the various reforms to the
capital punishment system enacted by the 93rd General Assembly and annually
report to the General Assembly on the
effects of these reforms. Each report shall include:
(1) The impact of the reforms on the issue of
uniformity and proportionality in the application of the death penalty including, but not limited to, the tracking of data related to whether the reforms have eliminated the statistically significant differences in sentencing related to the geographic location of the homicide and the race of the victim found by the Governor's Commission on Capital Punishment in its report issued on April 15, 2002.
(2) The implementation of training for police,
prosecutors, defense attorneys, and judges as recommended by the Governor's Commission on Capital Punishment.
(3) The impact of the various reforms on the quality
of evidence used during capital prosecutions.
(4) The quality of representation provided by defense
counsel to defendants in capital prosecutions.
(5) The impact of the various reforms on the costs
associated with the administration of the Illinois capital punishment system.
(c) The Committee shall hold hearings on a periodic basis to receive
testimony from the public regarding the manner in which reforms have impacted
the capital punishment system.
(d) The Committee shall submit its final report to the General Assembly no
later than December 31, 2009.
(Source: P.A. 95-893, eff. 8-22-08.)