Extensive Law Enforcement Reform Bill Awaits Signature

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Extensive Law Enforcement Reform Bill Awaits Signature

Jan 19, 2021

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Just before its two-year legislative cycle ended on Wednesday, the Illinois legislature passed HB 3653, a 764-page bill that is expected to make extensive changes to law enforcement throughout the state. Governor Pritzker has expressed support for HB 3653, and some provisions will go into effect as early as July 1, 2021 if he signs the bill.

The first parts of the bill to become effective include provisions banning affidavit requirements to file a complaint against an officer, regulating specific communication rights of those in custody, regulating pregnant prisoner rights, and requiring misconduct records to be kept permanently. Also on July 1, the Illinois Attorney General would gain explicit authority to investigate and file civil lawsuits that target “a pattern or practice of conduct by officers that deprive any person” of statutory or constitutional rights and to seek a civil penalty for violations.