(730 ILCS 5/3-3-4)
(from Ch. 38, par. 1003-3-4)
Preparation for parole hearing.
(a) The Prisoner Review Board shall consider the parole
of each eligible person committed to the Department of Corrections at
least 30 days prior to the date he or she shall first become
eligible for parole.
(b) A person eligible for parole shall, no less than 15 days in advance of
his or her parole interview, prepare a parole plan in accordance
with the rules of the Prisoner Review Board. The person
shall be assisted in preparing his or her parole plan by personnel
of the Department of Corrections, and may, for this purpose, be released
on furlough under Article 11. The Department shall also provide
assistance in obtaining information and records helpful to
the individual for his or her parole hearing. If the person eligible for parole has a petition or any written submissions prepared on his or her behalf by an attorney or other representative, the attorney or representative for the person eligible for parole must serve by certified mail the State's Attorney of the county where he or she was prosecuted with the petition or any written submissions 15 days after his or her parole interview. The State's Attorney shall provide the attorney for the person eligible for parole with a copy of his or her letter in opposition to parole via certified mail within 5 business days of the en banc hearing.
(c) Any member of the Board shall have access at all
reasonable times to any committed person and to his or her master
record file within the Department, and the Department shall
furnish such a report to the Board
concerning the conduct and character of any such person prior to his or her parole interview.
(d) In making its determination of parole, the Board
(2) the report under Section 3-8-2 or 3-10-2;
(3) a report by the Department and any report by the
(e) The prosecuting State's Attorney's office shall receive from the Board reasonable
written notice not less than 30 days prior to the parole interview and may
submit relevant information by oral argument or testimony of victims and concerned citizens, or both, in writing, or on film, video tape or other
electronic means or in the form of a recording to the Board for its
consideration. Upon written request of the State's Attorney's office, the Prisoner Review Board shall hear protests to parole, except in counties of 1,500,000 or more inhabitants where there shall be standing objections to all such petitions. If a State's Attorney who represents a county of less than 1,500,000 inhabitants requests a protest hearing, the inmate's counsel or other representative shall also receive notice of such request.
This hearing shall take place the month following the inmate's parole interview. If the inmate's parole interview is rescheduled then the Prisoner Review Board shall promptly notify the State's Attorney of the new date. The person eligible for parole shall be heard at the next scheduled en banc hearing date. If the case is to be continued, the State's Attorney's office and the attorney or representative for the person eligible for parole will be notified of any continuance within 5 business days. The State's Attorney may waive the written notice.
(f) The victim of the violent crime for which the prisoner has been
sentenced shall receive notice of a parole hearing as provided in paragraph
(4) of subsection (d) of Section 4.5 of the Rights of Crime Victims and Witnesses
(g) Any recording considered under the provisions of subsection (d)(6),
(d)(7) or (e) of this Section shall be in the form designated by the Board.
Such recording shall be both visual and aural. Every voice on the
recording and person present shall be identified and the recording shall
contain either a visual or aural statement of the person submitting such
recording, the date of the recording and the name of the person whose
parole eligibility is being considered. Such recordings shall be retained by
the Board and shall be deemed to be submitted at any subsequent parole hearing
if the victim or State's Attorney submits in writing a declaration clearly
identifying such recording as representing the present position of the
victim or State's Attorney regarding the issues to be considered at the parole
(h) The Board shall not release any material to the inmate, the inmate's attorney, any third party, or any other person containing any information from a victim who has written objections, testified at any hearing, or submitted audio or visual objections to the inmate's parole, unless provided with a waiver from that victim. Victim statements provided to the Board shall be confidential and privileged, including any statements received prior to the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 101st General Assembly, except if the statement was an oral statement made by the victim at a hearing open to the public. The Board shall not release the names or addresses of any person on its victim registry to any other person except the victim, a law enforcement agency, or other victim notification system.
(Source: P.A. 101-288, eff. 1-1-20