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.