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2020 SPECIAL SESSION I

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SB 5034 Prisoners; conditional release, sentence credits.

Introduced by: Jennifer B. Boysko | all patrons    ...    notes | add to my profiles

SUMMARY AS PASSED SENATE: (all summaries)

Release of prisoners. Provides that any person serving a sentence imposed upon a conviction for a felony offense, other than a Class 1 felony, who is terminally ill is eligible for consideration by the Parole Board for conditional release. The bill also provides that any person serving such sentence (i) who is 65 years or age or older and has served at least five years of the sentence imposed or (ii) who is 60 years of age or older and has served at least 10 years of the sentenced imposed is eligible for consideration by the Parole Board for conditional release without the need to petition the Parole Board.

The bill also establishes a four-level classification system for the awarding and calculation of earned sentence credits. The bill requires the calculation of earned sentence credits to apply retroactively to the entire sentence of any inmate who is confined in a state correctional facility and participating in the earned sentence credit system. The Department of Corrections (the Department) would report annually on the number of inmates released pursuant to the earned sentence credit
provisions who commit a criminal offense subsequent to release. The provisions of the bill related to earned sentence credits have a delayed effective date of July 1, 2022. The bill directs the Department to convene a workgroup to study the effect of those provisions and report to the General Assembly by July 1, 2022.


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