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Ill. Senate OKs proposal lowering probation time

Published: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 12:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 12:31 a.m. CDT

SPRINGFIELD – Legislation that would decrease a criminal’s time on probation if they pursued further education is moving through the Illinois Legislature.

The Senate passed the proposal with a 47-0 vote on Monday. The measure would offer an offender time credits for attaining higher levels of education.

Offenders receiving a high school diploma or GED would take three months off their probation.

Those receiving an associate degree or vocational certificate would take four months off their probation.

Those receiving a bachelor’s degree would take six months off their probation.

Under the proposal, an offender would lose their education credits if they violated probation conditions.

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