Illinois task force recommends changes to sex offender registry

Major changes could be coming to Illinois’ sex offender registry laws, based on recommendations from a task force that has spent months assessing the state’s laws. The task force released its recommendations this week.

Among the recommendations is a revision to automatically remove low-level offenders from the public registry after a set time, a move that could allow law enforcement to focus tracking efforts on high-risk individuals. 

The task force also supports a tiered registry system to reflect a person’s actual risk to sexually re-offend based on an assessment completed after their conviction.

The level of offense also would be a consideration in proposed changes to stringent state laws that limit where sex offenders may live and go. 

Read more here.

There are more than 32,000 people on Illinois’ sex offender registry. Approximately 1 in 227 men (1 in 100 African-American men) in Illinois is labeled a “sex offender.”

The task force’s full report can be found here.

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