During the week, members of the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association sounded the alarm about a recent policy change in which non-citizen felons are being released from prison back into Illinois communities following their prison sentences without federal immigration authorities being notified.
Previously, policy required the Department of Corrections to coordinate with ICE to transfer felons with this designation to Pontiac where they would begin the deportation process instead of releasing them into our communities.
In light of the Sheriffs’ Association’s concerns and noting the potential dangers to public safety, Senate Republicans are calling upon the Illinois Department of Corrections to answer the following questions:
- Why was this policy changed?
- Whose decision was it to change this policy?
- Why weren’t lawmakers informed?
Republicans lawmakers have called upon the Senate President and the Chairman of the Senate Criminal Law Committee to call a special hearing on this matter.