Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) appointed State Senator John Curran (R-Downers Grove) to the Protection of Individuals with Disabilities in the Criminal Justice System Task Force on October 20.
“I’m honored to have the opportunity to advocate for individuals with disabilities and make sure they’re receiving proper treatment and accommodations in our criminal justice facilities,” said Curran. “I’d like to thank Leader Brady for choosing me to serve as the Senate Republican member on this task force. This is a critical step in further reforming our criminal justice system here in Illinois.”
The task force will focus on key issues that affect adults and minors with disabilities with respect to Illinois’ criminal justice system and procedures. As part of the evaluation, the task force will review and analyze their involvement with the police, treatment within corrections facilities, representation by legal counsel, participation in an investigation, communications with family members, awareness and accommodations for disabilities, as well as address the safety concerns of individuals working within a criminal justice facility.
Curran will serve alongside 23 other members appointed by the State Senate; House of Representatives; Attorney General; Governor’s Office; Supreme Court; State Treasurer; and the Guardianship and Advocacy Commission. The task force will meet at least five times between now and December 31, 2019, and must submit a report with its findings and recommendations to the Governor, the Attorney General and the General Assembly on or before March 31, 2018.
The appointment is effective immediately.