Synopsis As Introduced Amends the Criminal Identification Act and the Unified Code of Corrections. Provides that the Prisoner Review Board, upon a petition by a person who has been convicted of a Class 3 or 4 felony and who meets other eligibility requirements, shall hear by a panel of at least 3 members and, with the unanimous vote of 3 members, issue a certificate of eligibility recommending that the court order the sealing of all official records of the arresting authority, the circuit court clerk, and the Department of State Police concerning the arrest and conviction of the person for the Class 3 or 4 felony. Excludes from eligibility persons convicted of violent crimes, sex offenses, or DUI.
House Committee Amendment No. 1 Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Criminal Identification Act and the Unified Code of Corrections. Reinserts the provisions of the bill, except: (1) provides that the decision to issue or refrain from issuing a certificate of eligibility for sealing shall be at the Board's sole discretion, and shall not give rise to any cause of action against either the Board or its members; (2) provides that a person convicted of an offense under the Criminal Code of 1961 involving a firearm may not apply to the Board for a certificate of eligibility for sealing; (3) provides that a person convicted of a violation of the Cannabis Control Act, Illinois Controlled Substances Act, the Methamphetamine Control and Community Protection Act, the Methamphetamine Precursor Control Act, or the Methamphetamine Precursor Tracking Act may not apply to the Board for a certificate of eligibility for sealing unless the petitioner has completed a drug abuse program for the offense on which sealing is sought and provides proof that he or she has completed the program successfully; and (4) provides that a person may not apply to the Board for a certificate of eligibility for sealing if the person has been convicted of any crime defined as a crime of violence under the Crime Victims Compensation Act (rather than a violent crime under the Rights of Crime Victims and Witnesses Act).