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(730 ILCS 5/5-8-1.3)
Pilot residential and transition treatment program for women.
(a) The General Assembly recognizes:
(1) that drug-offending women with children who have
been in and out of the criminal justice system for years are a serious problem;
(2) that the intergenerational cycle of women
continuously being part of the criminal justice system needs to be broken;
(3) that the effects of drug offending women with
children disrupts family harmony and creates an atmosphere that is not conducive to healthy childhood development;
(4) that there is a need for an effective residential
community supervision model to provide help to women to become drug free, recover from trauma, focus on healthy mother-child relationships, and establish economic independence and long-term support;
(5) that certain non-violent women offenders with
children eligible for sentences of incarceration, may benefit from the rehabilitative aspects of gender responsive treatment programs and services. This Section shall not be construed to allow violent offenders to participate in a treatment program.
(b) Under the direction of the sheriff and with the approval of
the county board of commissioners, the sheriff, in any county with more
than 3,000,000 inhabitants, may operate a residential and
transition treatment program for women established by the Illinois Department
of Corrections if funding has been provided by federal, local or private
entities. If the court finds during the
sentencing hearing conducted under Section 5-4-1 that a woman convicted
of a felony meets the eligibility requirements of the sheriff's
residential and transition treatment program for women, the court may
refer the offender to the sheriff's residential and transition
treatment program for women for consideration as a participant as an
alternative to incarceration in the penitentiary. The sheriff shall be
responsible for supervising all women who are placed in the residential
and transition treatment program for women for the 12-month period. In
the event that the woman is not accepted for placement in the sheriff's
residential and transition treatment program for women, the court shall
proceed to sentence the woman to any other disposition authorized by
this Code. If the woman does not successfully complete the residential
and transition treatment program for women, the woman's failure to do
so shall constitute a violation of the sentence to the residential and
transition treatment program for women.
(c) In order to be eligible to be a participant in the pilot
residential and transition treatment program for women, the participant
shall meet all of the following conditions:
(1) The woman has not been convicted of a violent
crime as defined in subsection (c) of Section 3 of the Rights of Crime Victims and Witnesses Act, a Class X felony, first or second degree murder, armed violence, aggravated kidnapping, criminal sexual assault, aggravated criminal sexual abuse or a subsequent conviction for criminal sexual abuse, forcible detention, or arson and has not been previously convicted of any of those offenses.
(2) The woman must undergo an initial assessment
evaluation to determine the treatment and program plan.
(3) The woman was recommended and accepted for
placement in the pilot residential and transition treatment program for women by the Department of Corrections and has consented in writing to participation in the program under the terms and conditions of the program. The Department of Corrections may consider whether space is available.
(d) The program may include a substance abuse treatment program
designed for women offenders, mental health, trauma, and medical
treatment; parenting skills and family relationship counseling, preparation for
a State of Illinois High School Diploma or vocational certificate; life skills program; job readiness and job
skill training, and a community transition development plan.
(e) With the approval of the Department of Corrections, the sheriff shall
issue requirements for the program and
inform the participants who shall sign an agreement to adhere to all
rules and all requirements for the pilot residential and transition
(f) Participation in the pilot residential and transition
treatment program for women shall be for a period not to exceed 12
months. The period may not be reduced by accumulation of good time.
(g) If the woman successfully completes the pilot residential
and transition treatment program for women, the sheriff shall notify
the Department of Corrections, the court, and
Attorney of the county of the woman's successful completion.
(h) A woman may be removed from the pilot residential and
transition treatment program for women for violation of the terms and
conditions of the program or in the event she is unable to participate.
The failure to complete the program shall be deemed a violation of the
conditions of the program. The sheriff shall give notice to the Department of
Corrections, the court, and the
State's Attorney of the woman's failure to complete the program.
Department of Corrections or its designee shall file a petition alleging that
the woman has violated the
conditions of the program with the court. The State's Attorney may
proceed on the petition under Section 5-4-1 of this Code.
(i) The conditions of the pilot residential and transition treatment
program for women shall include that the woman while in the program:
(1) not violate any criminal statute of any
(2) report or appear in person before any person or
agency as directed by the court, the sheriff, or Department of Corrections;
(3) refrain from possessing a firearm or other
(4) consent to drug testing;
(5) not leave the State without the consent of the
court or, in circumstances in which reason for the absence is of such an emergency nature that prior consent by the court is not possible, without prior notification and approval of the Department of Corrections;
(6) upon placement in the program, must agree to
follow all requirements of the program.
(j) The Department of Corrections or the sheriff may terminate the program
at any time by mutual agreement or with 30 days prior written notice by either
the Department of Corrections or the sheriff.
(k) The Department of Corrections may enter into a joint contract with a
county with more than 3,000,000 inhabitants to establish and operate a pilot
residential and treatment program for women.
(l) The Director
of the Department of Corrections shall have the authority to develop rules to
establish and operate a pilot residential and treatment program for women that
shall include criteria for selection of the participants of the program in
conjunction and approval by the sentencing court. Violent crime offenders are
not eligible to participate in the program.
(m) The Department shall report to the Governor and the General Assembly
before September 30th of each year on the pilot residential and treatment
program for women, including the composition of the program by offenders,
sentence, age, offense, and race. Reporting is only required if the pilot residential and treatment program for women is operational.
(n) The Department of Corrections or the sheriff may terminate the program
with 30 days prior written notice.
(o) A county with more than 3,000,000 inhabitants is authorized to apply
for funding from federal, local or private entities to create a Residential
and Treatment Program for Women. This sentencing option may not go into
effect until the funding is secured for the program and the program has been
(Source: P.A. 102-1100, eff. 1-1-23