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Public Act 096-0711


 

Public Act 0711 96TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY



 


 
Public Act 096-0711
 
SB1320 Enrolled LRB096 09464 RLC 19621 b

    AN ACT concerning criminal law.
 
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
 
    Section 5. The Unified Code of Corrections is amended by
adding Section 5-8-8 as follows:
 
    (730 ILCS 5/5-8-8 new)
    Sec. 5-8-8. Illinois Sentencing Policy Advisory Council.
    (a) Creation. There is created under the jurisdiction of
the Governor the Illinois Sentencing Policy Advisory Council,
hereinafter referred to as the Council.
    (b) Purposes and goals. The purpose of the Council is to
review sentencing policies and practices and examine how these
policies and practices impact the criminal justice system as a
whole in the State of Illinois. In carrying out its duties, the
Council shall be mindful of and aim to achieve the purposes of
sentencing in Illinois, which are set out in Section 1-1-2 of
this Code:
        (1) prescribe sanctions proportionate to the
    seriousness of the offenses and permit the recognition of
    differences in rehabilitation possibilities among
    individual offenders;
        (2) forbid and prevent the commission of offenses;
        (3) prevent arbitrary or oppressive treatment of
    persons adjudicated offenders or delinquents; and
        (4) restore offenders to useful citizenship.
    (c) Council composition.
        (1) The Council shall consist of the following members:
            (A) the President of the Senate, or his or her
        designee;
            (B) the Minority Leader of the Senate, or his or
        her designee;
            (C) the Speaker of the House, or his or her
        designee;
            (D) the Minority Leader of the House, or his or her
        designee;
            (E) the Governor, or his or her designee;
            (F) the Attorney General, or his or her designee;
            (G) two retired judges, who may have been circuit,
    appellate or supreme court judges, selected by the members
    of the Council designated in clauses (c)(1)(A) through (L);
            (H) the Cook County State's Attorney, or his or her
        designee;
            (I) the Cook County Public Defender, or his or her
        designee;
            (J) a State's Attorney not from Cook County,
        appointed by the State's Attorney's Appellate
        Prosecutor;
            (K) the State Appellate Defender, or his or her
        designee;
            (L) the Director of the Administrative Office of
    the Illinois Courts, or his or her designee;
            (M) a victim of a violent felony or a
        representative of a crime victims' organization,
        selected by the members of the Council designated in
        clauses (c)(1)(A) through (L);
            (N) a representative of a community-based
        organization, selected by the members of the Council
        designated in clauses (c)(1)(A) through (L);
            (O) a criminal justice academic researcher, to be
        selected by the members of the Council designated in
        clauses (c)(1)(A) through (L);
            (P) a representative of law enforcement from a unit
        of local government to be selected by the members of
        the Council designated in clauses (c)(1)(A) through
        (L);
            (Q) a sheriff selected by the members of the
        Council designated in clauses (c)(1)(A) through (L);
            (R) ex-officio members shall include:
                (i) the Director of Corrections, or his or her
            designee;
                (ii) the Chair of the Prisoner Review Board, or
            his or her designee;
                (iii) the Director of the Illinois State
            Police, or his or her designee;
                (iv) the Director of the Illinois Criminal
            Justice Information Authority, or his or her
            designee; and
                (v) the assistant Director of the
            Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts, or
            his or her designee; and
            (T) the Chair and Vice Chair shall be elected from
        among its members by a majority of the members of the
        Council.
        (2) Members of the Council who serve because of their
    public office or position, or those who are designated as
    members by such officials, shall serve only as long as they
    hold such office or position.
        (3) Council members shall serve without compensation
    but shall be reimbursed for travel and per diem expenses
    incurred in their work for the Council.
        (4) The Council may exercise any power, perform any
    function, take any action, or do anything in furtherance of
    its purposes and goals upon the appointment of a quorum of
    its members. The term of office of each member of the
    Council ends on the date of repeal of this amendatory Act
    of the 96th General Assembly.
    (d) Duties. The Council shall perform, as resources permit,
duties including:
        (1) Collect and analyze information including
    sentencing data, crime trends, and existing correctional
    resources to support legislative and executive action
    affecting the use of correctional resources on the State
    and local levels.
        (2) Prepare criminal justice population projections
    annually, including correctional and community-based
    supervision populations.
        (3) Analyze data relevant to proposed sentencing
    legislation and its effect on current policies or
    practices, and provide information to support
    evidence-based sentencing.
        (4) Ensure that adequate resources and facilities are
    available for carrying out sentences imposed on offenders
    and that rational priorities are established for the use of
    those resources. To do so, the Council shall prepare
    criminal justice resource statements, identifying the
    fiscal and practical effects of proposed criminal
    sentencing legislation, including, but not limited to, the
    correctional population, court processes, and county or
    local government resources.
        (5) Perform such other studies or tasks pertaining to
    sentencing policies as may be requested by the Governor or
    the Illinois General Assembly.
        (6) Perform such other functions as may be required by
    law or as are necessary to carry out the purposes and goals
    of the Council prescribed in subsection (b).
    (e) Authority.
        (1) The Council shall have the power to perform the
    functions necessary to carry out its duties, purposes and
    goals under this Act. In so doing, the Council shall
    utilize information and analysis developed by the Illinois
    Criminal Justice Information Authority, the Administrative
    Office of the Illinois Courts, and the Illinois Department
    of Corrections.
        (2) Upon request from the Council, each executive
    agency and department of State and local government shall
    provide information and records to the Council in the
    execution of its duties.
    (f) Report. The Council shall report in writing annually to
the General Assembly and the Governor.
    (g) This Section is repealed on December 31, 2012.
 
    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
becoming law.

Effective Date: 8/25/2009