Illinois House committee moves to restrict use of electronic monitoring

Illinois Corrections Department officials have been ordering prisoners, released on parole, to wear electronic monitoring even without a court order. On Wednesday a State House committee voted to restrict the use of electronic monitoring, after a hearing that advocates said puts Illinois on the cutting edge on the issue. The bill now goes to the full House.

If Illinois defendants never told jury of their own abuse, now a second chance

Illinois legislature passed an amendment in 2016 giving victims of domestic violence the chance to present the abuse as a basis for mitigating sentences for crimes they committed. After initial resistance by Cook County prosecutors, that office is now taking an expansive interpretation of whether victims of abuse that was relevant to their crimes can win relief.