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Criminal Sentencing Commission - RG 574 | Illinois State Archives

Name: Criminal Sentencing Commission - RG 574

Historical Note: The Criminal Sentencing Commission was created by the General Assembly in 1977. Its purpose was to monitor the cost of determinate prison sentencing and its impact on prison crowding, determine the desirability and feasibility of determinate sentencing and the reclassification of felonies, make recommendations for the best methods of criminal sentencing with a view to revising the Criminal Code and the Code of Corrections, determine by offense the ratios of prison commitments to alternative dispositions, develop standardized sentencing guidelines, and propose any other recommendations which would promote fairness in prison sentencing. The commission was composed of three members appointed by the Governor, two House members appointed by the Speaker, one House member appointed by the minority leader, two Senate members appointed by the president pro tempore, one Senate member appointed by the minority leader, and three circuit court judges appointed by the Supreme Court. It was to report to the Governor and the General Assembly annually (P.A. 80-1099, pp. 3314-3315). The commission was abolished by the Legislative Commission Reorganization Act of 1984 (P.A. 83-1257, p. 1174).

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