SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed legislation for a new parole system for young offenders.
The Democrat's action Monday creates a mid-sentence parole consideration process for those who were younger than 20 when convicted.
The Prisoner Review Board will examine each case. Victims, witnesses and others may offer opinions with their identities shielded.
Consideration may occur after ten years of incarceration for most crimes. Additional hearings may come at 15 and 20 years for offenders denied earlier.
Offenders guilty of more serious crimes such as first-degree murder and aggravated criminal sexual assault may not be eligible for hearings until after 20 and 30 years incarcerated.
The law also creates a preparation process for young offenders so they receive information on parole, legal guidance and rehabilitation.