Points of Opposition to HB 531 by the Stateville Debate Team

On the Flat Standard of Parole Eligibility after 10 yearsHB 531 has a clause stipulating that offenders must first serve ten years of their sentence before being eligible for parole and twenty years for a different class of offenders.  This bill is fundamentally flawed in three ways:First, offenders serving a sentence below ten years are excluded for early release on parole simply for being less culpable. Second, there will not be any returns in the form of fiscal relief or social benefits from this legislation for at least ten and twenty years after its effective date.Third, this bill falls well short …Read More →