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Peters passes legislation banning private detention centers

peters 051619SPRINGFIELD – A bill sponsored by State Senator Robert Peters (D-Chicago) banning privately owned detention centers was approved by the Senate.

“I’m glad that my Senate colleagues were able to recognize the serious problems caused when detention centers are run for profit and gave this bill enough support to pass,” Peters said. “I look forward to Gov. Pritzker signing this into law and putting an end to this inhumane practice once and for all.”

House Bill 2040 closes a loophole in the already existing ban on private prisons to extend the ban to civil detention centers as well. The bill was filed as a response to a vote the Board of Trustees in Dwight took in March which approved plans to build a 1,200-bed detention facility.

The bill passed through both chambers of the General Assembly and awaits the governor’s signature to become law.

Sen. Robert Peters

Sen. Robert Peters

13th District

Years served: 2019–Present

Committee assignments: Criminal Law; Financial Institutions; Human Services; Local Government (Vice-Chairperson); Telecommunications & InfoTechnology; Veterans Affairs.

Associated Representatives:
Kambium Buckner
Curtis J. Tarver II