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032113br0133rSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Melinda Bush today applauded the governor for signing into law a measure that allows law enforcement to take an escaped sexually violent person into custody, even if that person has fled out of state.

“No criminal should be able to escape our state because of a technicality,” Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) said.

But that is almost what happened last November when a sexually violent person in Urbana, Illinois cut off his ankle monitor and escaped civil custody.  When he was found in St. Louis, he was waiting on a train, ticket in hand, to travel to Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Police quickly worked to get a warrant for his capture, only to discover that the order that they were given did not allow them to apprehend the individual, since he was no longer in the state of Illinois.

Law enforcements’ hands were tied, and it was only when they found out that the individual had stolen state property before fleeing that they were able to issue an appropriate warrant and take him into custody.

The new law, sponsored by Senator Bush (D-Grayslake) fixes this loophole and allows law enforcement to cross state lines to apprehend a conditionally released sexually violent person who has fled the state.

“We need to give law enforcement officials the necessary authority to take these people into custody,” Senator Bush continued.  

Currently in Illinois, there are 25 sexually violent people who have been committed but then released to the community on conditional release.

The new law (Senate Bill 3332) has an effective date of January 1, 2015.

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