"These strict measures, coupled with
the Department of Corrections' aggressive new parolee-monitoring
program, will prevent offenders from being in situations where they
could pose a danger to our children or the community at large," Gov.
Blagojevich said. "I congratulate Attorney General Madigan,
Representative Gordon and Senator Collins for their hard work on
making sure we keep tight tabs on sex offenders once they are
released from prison."
"We know that sex offenders are likely
to re-offend. This new law will change and improve Illinois' current
one-size-fits-all approach to parole and base the level of an
offender's supervision on the level of risk he poses to potential
victims," said Madigan, who held statewide hearings last fall on the
subject of lifetime supervision for sex offenders. "Sex offenders
know no boundaries. Sex offenders are not car thieves or burglars;
they present a whole different set of challenges and dangers. We
must be aggressive -- and realistic -- in our fight to protect women
House Bill 6786, sponsored by Rep. Careen Gordon, D-Coal City,
and Sen. Jacqueline Collins, D-Chicago, the Unified Code of
Corrections would be amended to add 15 conditions of parole for sex
offenders. The Prisoner Review Board has the discretion to impose
any or all of the conditions on an individual sex offender.
1. Reside only at a location approved
by the Illinois Department of Corrections.
2. Comply with all requirements of the
Sex Offender Registration Act.
3. Notify third parties of possible
risks associated with his or her criminal record.
4. Obtain approval from a Department of
Corrections agent prior to accepting employment or pursuing a course
of study or vocational training; notify the department prior to any
change in employment, study or training.
5. Not be employed or participate in
any volunteer activity that involves contact with children, except
under circumstances approved in advance and in writing by an agent
of the Department of Corrections.
6. Be electronically monitored for a
minimum of 12 months from the date of release.
7. Refrain from traveling outside the
geographic area where he or she resides or works, except upon terms
approved in advance by an agent of Department of Corrections. The
terms may include consideration of the purpose of travel, the time
of day and others accompanying the person.
8. Refrain from having any contact,
including written and oral communication, directly or indirectly,
personally, by telephone, letter or by third party with certain
specified people, including, but not limited to, the victim or the
victim's family, without written approval by an agent of Department
9. Refrain from all contact, directly
or indirectly, personally, by telephone, letter or through third
party, with minor children, without prior identification and
approval by an agent of Department of Corrections.
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10. Neither possess or have under his
or her control any material that is sexually oriented, sexually
stimulating or that shows male or female sex organs or any picture
depicting children under 18 years of age nude or any written or
audio material describing sexual intercourse or that depicts or
alludes to sexual activity, including but not limited to visual,
auditory, telephonic or electronic media, or any matter obtained
through access to any computer or material linked to computer access
11. Not patronize any business
providing sexually stimulating or sexually oriented entertainment
nor utilize "900" or adult phone numbers.
12. Not reside near, visit or be in or
near parks, schools, day-care centers, swimming pools, beaches,
theaters or any other place where minor children congregate, except
with advance approval of an agent of the Department of Corrections,
and immediately report any incidental contact with minor children to
13. Not possess or have under his or
her control certain specified items of contraband related to the
sexual offense, as determined by an agent of the Department of
14. May be required to provide a
written daily log of activities if directed by an agent of the
Department of Corrections.
15. Comply with all other special
conditions that the Department of Corrections may impose that
restrict the person from high-risk situations and limit access to
"I want to thank Governor Blagojevich
and Attorney General Madigan, who have supported this bill and our
efforts to protect citizens from repeat sex offenders," said Sen.
Jacqueline Y. Collins. "By allowing for the creation of sex
offender-specific parole conditions, we will be helping parole
agents more effectively monitor sex offenders after their release
from prison and ultimately keeping our communities safer."
Illinois Department of Corrections
Director Roger E. Walker Jr. heralded the new law as an important
boost to the agency's effort to tighten its management and
monitoring of sex offenders.
"We will ensure that all sex offenders
under our supervision comply with the new registration laws," Walker
said. "We have conducted an inventory of all sex offenders on parole
to ensure that we're ready to fully enforce the new conditions."
Walker added that the Governor's
Operation Spotlight parole reform initiative, which has increased
monitoring and supervision of all 35,000 parolees in the Corrections
system, helped the agency ramp up its management of sex offenders.
"As part of Operation Spotlight, IDOC
will assign parole agents with special training to provide more
intensive supervision for sex offenders upon their release from
prison," said Walker. "Their work will be enhanced by the addition
of a new surveillance unit committed specifically to assisting the
most high-risk cases."
The new law
becomes effective Jan. 1, 2005.
[News release from the