Measures signed include ban on lying to kids during interrogations

crim billsCHICAGO – During a ceremony at a Northwestern University campus in Chicago, four public safety and criminal justice reform measures sponsored by State Senator Robert Peters (D-Chicago) were signed by Gov. JB Pritzker and became law.

The ceremony was a culmination of several years of hard work from Peters and advocates to reimagine what safety and justice look like in Illinois.

Senate Bill 2122 makes statements provided by a minor inadmissible in court if they were made after a law enforcement official intentionally lied during the interrogation. Deception is defined as “knowingly providing false information about evidence or leniency.”

“It is an unfortunately common practice for police officers to lie to kids in order to coerce them into saying what they want to hear,” Peters said. “These are stressful and frightening situations for many kids, and a lot of the time the statements aren’t truthful, but were still made because the kids thought it would get them out of the situation.”

Read more: Series of new Peters laws focus on safety, justice for communities

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peters esbSPRINGFIELD – After the Illinois Senate voted on a historic measure to transition Chicago Public Schools to an elected school board, State Senator Robert Peters (D-Chicago) issued the following statement:

“The legislation we passed today is a testament to the hard work done by grassroots organizations made up of parents, students, teachers and communities members, who have spent over a decade fighting for what is best for their communities.

“While I would have preferred a fully elected school board to be implemented immediately, this gradual transition is a step in the right direction. I look forward to the day when the school board truly represents the interests of the people it serves.”

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SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Robert Peters (D-Chicago) released the following statement after the Senate voted to send the Fiscal Year 2022 budget to the governor:

“Over the past year, I’ve fought for many institutional changes that help combat systemic racism that holds Black and Brown folks down. This budget ensures that there is equity in how Illinois spends its money and that everyone in our state, regardless of ZIP code, is given the opportunity to live their best life.

Read more: Peters: Budget promotes equity and stability

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Legislation requires IDOC to provide information to soon-to-be-released incarcerated people

peters hb3235sSPRINGFIELD – This Monday, the Illinois Senate approved a measure sponsored by State Senator Robert Peters (D-Chicago) that would provide information to returning citizens from state prisons in an effort to reduce recidivism rates.

“One of the major contributors to recidivism rates is continued instability after an incarcerated person is released,” Peters said. “If these folks are denied the right to live their best lives, they may face challenges that risk further destabilization. Reentering citizens need not just proper services and support, but information on how they can go about obtaining them.”

Read more: Peters’ recidivism reduction measure clears Senate

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