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Decade of Change - The Criminal Justice System in Illinois 1969-1979

NCJ Number
M J Seng; K D Heyman; K D Sullivan
Date Published
40 pages
This report explains how the Illinois Law Enforcement Commission (ILEC) implemented the Federal Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 during the past 10 years and highlights the consequent changes in Illinois' criminal justice system.
The report's first section describes the staffs and activities of the following components of the criminal justice system in 1969: law enforcement, courts, defense, prosecution and probation, corrections, education and training, criminal justice information systems, juvenile justice, and research and evaluation. Progress achieved over the succeeding 10 years is then detailed for each unit. For example, victim/witness assistance programs were initiated, probation staffs were expanded, substandard jails were physically improved, and a central computerized information system was implemented. Emerging issues facing the criminal justice system are then discussed at length, including evaluations of police performance, trial delays, overcrowded penal institutions, determinate sentencing, juvenile diversion, and changes in juvenile court proceedings caused by due process concerns. Finally, a section on the ILEC reviews its history, lists the members, and describes its committees. ILEC's efforts to establish planning processes and organizations on the regional level are summarized. A list of the regional commissions and a State map showing their locations are appended. The report provides 17 footnotes.