Under current Illinois law, a youth may remain on parole until he/she is 21 years old. This means that a youth may be on parole for as many as 8 years.

A bill (HB 4592) was recently introduced in the Illinois General Assembly to reduce the maximum parole period to 6 months. This will most likely be amended to a maximum of 12 months. This stands to be a huge step forward for advocates of juvenile justice. Hearings are pending this week. Letters and phone calls in favor of the bill, directed to your representative would be a huge help in getting this bill passed.

The bill is sponsored by Representative Robyn Gabel of Evanston (18th District).

Please find the text of the bill here.