(730 ILCS 5/3-18-15)
Referral of person to sheriff or police chief; assignment of person by the Department.
(a) Except as otherwise provided in this Section, if a program has been established in a county or municipality in which an offender was sentenced to imprisonment for a felony, the Director may refer the offender to the county sheriff or municipal police chief if:
(1) The offender qualifies under the standards
established by the Director in subsection (c);
(2) The offender has demonstrated a willingness to:
(A) engage in employment or participate in
vocational rehabilitation or job skills training; and
(B) meet any existing obligation for restitution
to any victim of his or her crime; and
(3) the offender is within one year of his or her
probable release from prison, as determined by the Director.
(b) Except as otherwise provided in this Section, if the Director is notified by the sheriff or police chief under Section 3-18-10 that an offender would benefit by being assigned to the custody of the sheriff or police chief to participate in the program, the Director shall review whether the offender should be assigned to participate in a program for not longer than the remainder of his or her sentence.
(c) The Director, by rule, shall adopt standards setting forth which offenders are eligible to be assigned to the custody of the sheriff or police chief to participate in the program under this Section. The standards adopted by the Director must be approved by the Prisoner Review Board and must provide that an offender is ineligible for participation in the program who:
(1) has recently committed a serious infraction of
the rules of an institution or facility of the Department;
(2) has not performed the duties assigned to him or
her in a faithful and orderly manner;
(3) has, within the immediately preceding 5 years,
been convicted of any crime involving the use or threatened use of force or violence against a victim that is punishable as a felony;
(4) has ever been convicted of a sex offense as
defined in Section 10 of the Sex Offender Management Board Act;
(5) has escaped or attempted to escape from any jail
or correctional institution for adults; or
(6) has not made an effort in good faith to
participate in or to complete any educational or vocational program or any program of treatment, as ordered by the Director.
(d) The Director shall adopt rules requiring offenders who are assigned to the custody of the sheriff or police chief under this Section to reimburse the Department for the cost of their participation in a program, to the extent of their ability to pay.
(e) The sheriff or police chief may return the offender to the custody of the Department at any time for any violation of the terms and conditions imposed by the Director in consultation with the Prisoner Review Board.
(f) If an offender assigned to the custody of the sheriff or police chief under this Section violates any of the terms or conditions imposed by the Director in consultation with the Prisoner Review Board and is returned to the custody of the Department, the offender forfeits all or part of the credits for good behavior earned by him or her before he or she was returned to the custody of the Department, as determined by the Director. The Director may provide for a forfeiture of credits under this subsection (f) only after proof of the violation and notice is given to the offender. The Director may restore credits so forfeited for such reasons as he or she considers proper. The Director, by rule, shall establish procedures for review of forfeiture of good behavior credit. The decision of the Director regarding such a forfeiture is final.
(g) The assignment of an offender to the custody of the sheriff or police chief under this Section shall be deemed:
(1) a continuation of his or her imprisonment and not
a release on parole or mandatory supervised release; and
(2) for the purposes of Section 3-8-1, an assignment
to a facility of the Department, except that the offender is not entitled to obtain any benefits or to participate in any programs provided to offenders in the custody of the Department.
(h) An offender does not have a right to be assigned to the custody of the sheriff or police chief under this Section, or to remain in that custody after such an assignment. It is not intended that the establishment or operation of a program creates any right or interest in liberty or property or establishes a basis for any cause of action against this State or its political subdivisions, agencies, boards, commissions, departments, officers, or employees.
(Source: P.A. 94-383, eff. 1-1-06; 95-331, eff. 8-21-07.)