√ CHECK. WE DID THIS! HB4538 provides for meaningful review of the decision to try a child as an adult
HB4538 restores individualized sentencing for youth by providing children with individualized court hearings to determine whether they should be tried as adults.
Right now Illinois is one of just 14 states with no ability for individual review of the decision to try a minor as an adult. Children are different than adults, and that must be taken into account when holding them accountable. The American Psychiatric Association “opposes statutes which permit or require juvenile suspects to be transferred or waived into adult court without judicial review” for that reason. Moreover, denying a meaningul hearing is discriminatory: minority youth are overwhelmingly represented in the automatic transfer of youth to adult court.
HB4538 allows a child’s age, alleged degree of participation in an offense, and individual circumstances to be taken into consideration in making that decision. This is a humane, common sense reform that should be implemented right away.