050224CM1442SPRINGFIELD — As a crucial step toward fostering inclusivity and effectiveness, State Senator Robert Peters is leading legislation to expand representation and funding flexibility within the Adult Redeploy Illinois Oversight Board.

"This expansion marks a significant milestone in our ongoing efforts to promote equity and effectiveness within the Adult Redeploy Illinois program," said Peters (D-Chicago) "By diversifying the board and enhancing funding flexibility, the board can better address challenges faced within the ARI system."

Under House Bill 4409, the ARI board would include representatives from the Department of Corrections, the Illinois Department of Human Services, and the Sangamon and Cook County Adult Probation departments, along with two members who have former, firsthand experience with the ARI system. This diversification of ARI's board aims to ensure that all voices affected by the ARI process are heard, enhancing its ability to address systemic challenges and implement equitable solutions.

Furthermore, the legislation would increase flexibility in funding allocation through grant awards, enabling the board to swiftly adapt to emerging needs and support initiatives aimed at improving outcomes within the ARI framework.

House Bill 4409 passed the Senate on Tuesday and now heads to the governor for further consideration.