Thursday, 21 August 2014 13:30
A new public safety law was signed by Governor Pat Quinn on Friday that tightens penalties for convictions of stalking by making the offender ineligible for alternative sentencing.
Alternative sentencing, known as Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities (TASC), generally is available to all drug-involved offenders charged with (or convicted of) probationable crimes. Offenders with no prior felony convictions who complete a TASC treatment plan can file motions to have their convictions vacated and the criminal proceedings dismissed.
However, stalking, as sponsor Senator Pat McGuire (D-Crest Hill) points out, threatens the safety of another person and should not be eligible for alternative sentencing programs.
"Stalking is not a victim-less crime appropriate for alternative sentencing," McGuire said. "Stalking puts a victim at risk. This new law helps reduce that risk."