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720 ILCS 5/31A-0.1
(720 ILCS 5/31A-0.1)
For the purposes of this Article:
"Deliver" or "delivery" means the actual, constructive or attempted
transfer of possession of an item of contraband, with or without consideration,
whether or not there is an agency relationship.
"Employee" means any elected or appointed officer, trustee or
employee of a penal institution or of the governing authority of the penal
institution, or any person who performs services for the penal institution
pursuant to contract with the penal institution or its governing
"Item of contraband" means any of the following:
(i) "Alcoholic liquor" as that term is defined in
Section 1-3.05 of the Liquor Control Act of 1934.
(ii) "Cannabis" as that term is defined in subsection
(a) of Section 3 of the Cannabis Control Act.
(iii) "Controlled substance" as that term is defined
in the Illinois Controlled Substances Act.
(iii-a) "Methamphetamine" as that term is defined in
the Illinois Controlled Substances Act or the Methamphetamine Control and Community Protection Act.
(iv) "Hypodermic syringe" or hypodermic needle, or
any instrument adapted for use of controlled substances or cannabis by subcutaneous injection.
(v) "Weapon" means any knife, dagger, dirk, billy,
razor, stiletto, broken bottle, or other piece of glass which could be used as a dangerous weapon. This term includes any of the devices or implements designated in subsections (a)(1), (a)(3) and (a)(6) of Section 24-1 of this Code, or any other dangerous weapon or instrument of like character.
(vi) "Firearm" means any device, by whatever name
known, which is designed to expel a projectile or projectiles by the action of an explosion, expansion of gas or escape of gas, including but not limited to:
(A) any pneumatic gun, spring gun, or B-B gun
which expels a single globular projectile not exceeding .18 inch in diameter; or
(B) any device used exclusively for signaling or
safety and required as recommended by the United States Coast Guard or the Interstate Commerce Commission; or
(C) any device used exclusively for the firing of
stud cartridges, explosive rivets or industrial ammunition; or
(D) any device which is powered by electrical
charging units, such as batteries, and which fires one or several barbs attached to a length of wire and which, upon hitting a human, can send out current capable of disrupting the person's nervous system in such a manner as to render him or her incapable of normal functioning, commonly referred to as a stun gun or taser.
(vii) "Firearm ammunition" means any self-contained
cartridge or shotgun shell, by whatever name known, which is designed to be used or adaptable to use in a firearm, including but not limited to:
(A) any ammunition exclusively designed for use
with a device used exclusively for signaling or safety and required or recommended by the United States Coast Guard or the Interstate Commerce Commission; or
(B) any ammunition designed exclusively for use
with a stud or rivet driver or other similar industrial ammunition.
(viii) "Explosive" means, but is not limited to,
bomb, bombshell, grenade, bottle or other container containing an explosive substance of over one-quarter ounce for like purposes such as black powder bombs and Molotov cocktails or artillery projectiles.
(ix) "Tool to defeat security mechanisms" means, but
is not limited to, handcuff or security restraint key, tool designed to pick locks, popper, or any device or instrument used to or capable of unlocking or preventing from locking any handcuff or security restraints, doors to cells, rooms, gates or other areas of the penal institution.
(x) "Cutting tool" means, but is not limited to,
hacksaw blade, wirecutter, or device, instrument or file capable of cutting through metal.
(xi) "Electronic contraband" for the purposes of
Section 31A-1.1 of this Article means, but is not limited to, any electronic, video recording device, computer, or cellular communications equipment, including, but not limited to, cellular telephones, cellular telephone batteries, videotape recorders, pagers, computers, and computer peripheral equipment brought into or possessed in a penal institution without the written authorization of the Chief Administrative Officer. "Electronic contraband" for the purposes of Section 31A-1.2 of this Article, means, but is not limited to, any electronic, video recording device, computer, or cellular communications equipment, including, but not limited to, cellular telephones, cellular telephone batteries, videotape recorders, pagers, computers, and computer peripheral equipment.
"Penal institution" means any penitentiary, State farm,
reformatory, prison, jail, house of correction, police detention area,
half-way house or other institution or place for the incarceration or
custody of persons under sentence for offenses awaiting trial or sentence
for offenses, under arrest for an offense, a violation of probation, a
violation of parole, a violation of aftercare release, or a violation of mandatory supervised release, or
awaiting a hearing on the setting of conditions of pretrial release or preliminary hearing; provided that where
the place for incarceration or custody is housed within another public
building this Article shall not apply to that part of the building unrelated
to the incarceration or custody of persons.
(Source: P.A. 101-652, eff. 1-1-23