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Order of Protection Bill Headed to Full House

St Rep David Reis

A southern Illinois lawmaker is pushing legislation that would give the Department of Corrections more notice when an inmate or parolee is the subject of an order of protection.

The Illinois Department of Corrections says it is often unaware of an active order of protection which has been filed against an inmate or someone who is on parole or mandatory supervised release. That's why Olney area  State Representative David Reis  says he  is sponsoring legislation in the Illinois House that will help alleviate the problem.  The bill provides that if the respondent, at the time of the issuance of the order, is committed to the custody of the Illinois Department of Corrections or is on parole or mandatory supervised release, the sheriff or other law enforcement officials shall notify the Department of Corrections within 48 hours of receipt of a copy of the order from the clerk of the issuing judge or the petitioner.  DOC Chief of Intergovernmental Relations Jenni Scheck says she believes by requiring the county to notify the Department about the order of protection, the Department will be able to take appropriate action against those on parole. 

The measure was approved in House committee Thursday and now moves to the full House for consideration.  The legislation is SB2869