730 ILCS 5/) Unified Code of Corrections, (730 ILCS 5/Ch. V Art. 8A heading), ARTICLE 8A. ELECTRONIC HOME DETENTION, a law that because it has the word “may” instead of shall, they have been able to ignore for over 15 years. The law reads “ A person serving a sentence for conviction of a Class 2, 3 or 4 felony offense which is not an excluded offense may be placed in an electronic home detention program pursuant to Department administrative directives…”
It costs less than $2,000.00 per year for Electronic Home Monitoring; it costs between $32,000.00 and $100,000.00 per year to incarcerate a person, depending on age, medical, location.
The reason IDOC gives is “they did not allow Pontiac to close.. So our fixed costs would remain the same.. The savings on food, drugs, etc., are not that significant, so why bother with putting all the administrative procedures in place?”
Governor Pat Quinn
Office of the Governor
207 State House
Springfield, IL 62706
Dear Gov. Quinn,
We, the undersigned residents of the State of Illinois, hereby petition you to direct the Illinois Department of Corrections to implement Chapter V Article 8A of the Illinois Combined Statutes (730) which provides for Electronic Home Monitoring of men and women sentenced to prison in
Illinois under certain conditions.
The implementation of this existing statute would save the State of Illinois several hundreds of millions of dollars, and would ensure the safety of the people.
The Implement Electronic Home Detention petition to Illinois Citizens was written by Madeleine Ward and is in the category Law Reform at GoPetition.