State Sen. Karen McConnaughay (R-St. Charles) has been appointed to serve on Gov. Bruce Rauner’s newly-formed Illinois State Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform.
“It’s an honor to have been appointed to serve on the Illinois State Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform,” said McConnaughay. “Our criminal justice system and sentencing procedures are long-overdue for a thorough analysis and overhaul.”
The Commission has been tasked with analyzing Illinois’ criminal justice system from arrest to re-entry into the community. It will explore evidence-based strategies to reduce the rate of imprisonment and recidivism, while also preserving public safety.
Other members of the committee include members of the law enforcement community, legislators, professors specializing in criminal justice, lawyers, judges, experts in violence prevention and drug abuse, and representatives from the Illinois Department of Corrections.
“Exploring options aimed at reducing recidivism and helping people reintegrate into society will not only help people live happier, healthier lives, but will also reduce overcrowding in our prisons and save the taxpayers money,” said McConnaughay. “I look forward to working with the other members of the committee to address these issues.”