‚ąö 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‚ÄĚ 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.