Springfield, IL… State Representative Margo McDermed (R-Mokena) has been chosen by House Republican Leader Jim Durkin to sit on the Illinois Sentencing Policy Advisory Council (SPAC). She replaces former State Rep. John Anthony who resigned from the House of Representatives in June.
The SPAC advises the Governor on legislation and compiles data on incarnation rates, their financial cost, and how to improve the state’s criminal justice system through reform. Last year’s report from the council found that in Illinois the recidivism rate is 48%, meaning the within 3 years of release, 48% end up back in prison, at a high cost to the state, those re-incarcerated, and their victims.
“I am pleased that the Governor’s administration has made criminal justice reform, including sentencing, a major initiative of his tenure,” Rep. McDermed said. “Now Illinois can really get to work on reforms that can rehabilitate both this state and its citizens. We must have fair sentencing that will still deter future criminals and policies in place to get offenders back on their feet as productive members of society.”
The council is a 19 member nonpartisan group consisting of state and local criminal justice system stakeholders including legislators, retired judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, corrections and court officials, law enforcement, victims' rights advocates, and academics. Rep. McDermed currently sits on the Juvenile Justice and System-Involved Committee in the House.