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(730 ILCS 5/5-5.5-30)
Issuance of certificate of good conduct.
(a) After a rehabilitation review has been held, in a manner designated by the chief judge of the judicial circuit in which the conviction was entered, the Circuit Court of that judicial circuit
shall have the power to issue a certificate of good
conduct to any eligible offender previously convicted of a crime in this State,
and shall make a specific finding of rehabilitation with the force and effect of a final judgment on the merits, when
the Court is satisfied that:
(1) the applicant has conducted himself or herself in
a manner warranting the issuance for a minimum period in accordance with the provisions of subsection (c) of this Section;
(2) the relief to be granted by the certificate is
consistent with the rehabilitation of the applicant; and
(3) the relief to be granted is consistent with the
(b) The Circuit Court shall have the power to issue a certificate of good
conduct to any person previously convicted of a crime in any other
jurisdiction, when the Court is satisfied that:
(1) the applicant has demonstrated that there exist
specific facts and circumstances and specific sections of Illinois State law that have an adverse impact on the applicant and warrant the application for relief to be made in Illinois; and
(2) the provisions of paragraphs (1), (2), and (3) of
subsection (a) of this Section have been met.
(c) The minimum period of good conduct by the individual referred to
in paragraph (1) of subsection (a) of this Section, shall be as follows:
if the most serious crime of which the individual was convicted is a
misdemeanor, the minimum period of good conduct shall be one year; if
the most serious crime of which the individual was convicted is a felony, the minimum period of good conduct shall be 2 years.
Criminal acts committed outside the State
shall be classified as acts committed within the State based on the
maximum sentence that could have been imposed based upon the
conviction under the laws of the foreign jurisdiction. The minimum
period of good conduct by the individual shall be measured either from
the date of the payment of any fine imposed upon him or her, or from the
date of his or her release from custody by parole, mandatory supervised
release or commutation or termination of his or her sentence.
The Circuit Court shall have power and it shall be its duty to investigate all
persons when the application is made and to grant or deny the same
within a reasonable time after the making of the application.
(d) If the Circuit Court has issued a certificate of good
conduct, the Court may at any time issue a new certificate enlarging the
relief previously granted.
(e) Any certificate of good conduct issued by the Court to
an individual who at the time of the issuance of the certificate is under the
conditions of parole or mandatory supervised release imposed by the
Prisoner Review Board shall be deemed to be a temporary certificate until the time as the
individual is discharged from the terms of parole or mandatory
supervised release, and, while temporary, the certificate may be
revoked by the Court for violation of the conditions of parole or
mandatory supervised release. Revocation shall be upon
notice to the parolee or releasee, who shall be accorded an opportunity to
explain the violation prior to a decision on the revocation. If the certificate
is not so revoked, it shall become a permanent certificate upon expiration
or termination of the offender's parole or mandatory supervised release term.
(f) The Court shall, upon notice to a certificate holder, have the power to revoke a certificate of good conduct upon a subsequent conviction.
(Source: P.A. 99-381, eff. 1-1-16