Criminal Justice

  • Raoul reflects on five years since abolition of death penalty

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  • Top 5 New State Laws on Social & Criminal Justice Reform

    Top 5 New State Laws on Social & Criminal Justice Reform

    Illinois passed several new laws last year dealing with reforming the state's social and criminal justice system, including establishing guidelines for the use of police body cameras. Many of these laws take effect in the new year. Click below to learn more.

     

     

     

     

     

  • Senate Democrats make social justice reform and criminal justice reform top priority

    Senate Democrats make social justice reform and criminal justice reform top priorityThousands of police body cameras will hit the streets in the new year under major reforms sponsored by Senate Democrats in an effort to increase public accountability and confidence in the wake of scandals and unrest.

    The new law, Senate Bill 1304, takes effect Jan. 1 and sets the official parameters for the use of police body cameras, increases training and reporting requirements for officers and clarifies the public’s right to access the videos. It is one of several key criminal and social justice reforms enacted by Senate Democrats in 2015, covering everything from protecting students’ educational rights to common-sense consumer laws aiding women trying to escape domestic violence.

    “We’ve made great strides this year in defending the public’s right to be properly protected, with justice for all,” said State Senator Kwame Raoul, a Hyde Park Democrat who emerged as one of the state’s leading reform advocates.