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Rauner signs major bipartisan criminal justice reform bill into law

Kevin HoffmanReboot Illinois

Mar 10, 2017

Gov. Bruce Rauner on Friday signed into law legislation touted as the “most comprehensive criminal justice reform” ever enacted in Illinois.

The Neighborhood Safety Act aims to help reduce recidivism and the state’s prison population by expanding recovery treatment services to victims of violent crimes, allowing good time credits to inmates who participate in rehabilitation programs and giving judges more discretion over certain sentencing decisions when probation is an available sentence.

Speaking at bill signing ceremony in Chicago, the law’s chief House sponsor, state Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth, D-Peoria, said the reforms represent the largest step Illinois has taken to…

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