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    A spate of new laws took effect in the new year to overhaul Illinois’ criminal justice codes.

    Illinois legislators have taken aim at reforming the state’s criminal justice system in a spate of new laws that went into effect on Jan. 1. Such reforms include revising the state’s sentencing regulations.

    With the passage of SB2129, state’s attorneys have the ability to petition the court to reduce an offender’s sentence if the state’s attorney believes the original sentence no longer advances the interests of justice. The court may also consider post-conviction factors, including an  inmate’s disciplinary record and record of rehabilitation while incarcerated, as well as whether time served, age and or any potential diminished physical condition have reduced the inmate’s risk for future violence. Courts may additionally consider evidence that reflects changed circumstances since the original sentencing. Should an inmate be resentenced, Senate Bill 02129 stipulates that the new sentence cannot be greater than the original.

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