peters hb3235cSPRINGFIELD – A measure sponsored by State Senator Robert Peters (D-Chicago) that would help reduce recidivism rates is one step closer to becoming law.

“Incarcerated people who are coming out of the system need to be able to live their best lives, and that requires providing proper services and support,” Peters said. “Otherwise, they may face challenges that push them to the brink and risk further destabilization, which could result in them ending up back in prison.”

Read more: Peters takes on recidivism by providing soon-to-be-released incarcerated people more resources

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peters hb1765cSPRINGFIELD – At a Tuesday hearing, the Senate Criminal Law Committee approved a measure sponsored by State Senator Robert Peters (D-Chicago) that would limit the ability of law enforcement agencies to intimidate Illinois residents.

House Bill 1765 would prohibit law enforcement from conducting a background check on an individual solely because of their participation at an open, public meeting.

“Law enforcement shouldn’t be running background checks simply because someone is trying to participate in a public meeting,” Peters said. “This can be seen as a form of intimidation, especially when used for police board meetings. At a public hearing, any member of the public should be able to participate without having to fear repercussions.”

Read more: Peters looks to limit law enforcement intimidation tactics

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peters hb2784cSPRINGFIELD – An effort to improve mental health emergency responses by diverting emergency calls for mental health crises to mental health professionals was approved by a Senate committee Tuesday.

“Mental health crises should be treated by mental health professionals,” said State Senator Robert Peters (D-Chicago), the legislation’s sponsor. “Receiving treatment from someone who is a trained professional in mental health support is the best and safest way to address a mental health crisis. When police or firefighters show up, it sometimes creates a more dangerous situation for everyone.”

Read more: Peters: Mental health crises should be treated by mental health professionals

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peters hb15cSPRINGFIELD – A measure sponsored by State Senator Robert Peters (D-Chicago) aimed at increasing transparency in misconduct and discipline in Chicago Public Schools was approved by a Senate committee Tuesday.

House Bill 15 requires CPS to provide written notification to parents or guardians of students who commit misconduct and of students who are victims of the act of misconduct, which is defined as an incident involving offensive touching, a physical altercation, or the use of violence.

“Parents and guardians deserve to know what is going on in the schools their children are attending,” Peters said. “Informing the parents and guardians when misconduct occurs allows parents of the victims to ensure their children are properly taken care of. This will provide the creation of a written record that benefits the students, the parents and the schools.”

Read more: Peters measure increases transparency in CPS school discipline

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