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MY STATELINE: Illinois releases 146 sex offenders, including 3 â€˜sexually dangerous personsâ€™ convicted in Winnebago, Ogle counties
Posted: Apr 29, 2020 / 01:03 PM CDT / Updated: Apr 29, 2020 / 03:43 PM CDT
ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) â€” The State of Illinois has released 146 sex offenders statewide, including 3 considered â€œsexually dangerous personsâ€ convicted in Winnebago and Ogle counties.
The State of Illinois released a list of almost 4,000 inmates released from prisons, including 64 convicted of murder.
A list released by the state shows each inmate who had their sentence commuted by Gov. JB Prtizker or were released early by the Illinois Department of Corrections.
An Illinois statute defines a â€œSexually Dangerous Personâ€ as â€œAll persons suffering from a mental disorder, which mental disorder has existed for a period of not less than one year, immediately prior to the filing of the petition hereinafter provided for, coupled with criminal propensities to the commission of sex offenses, and who have demonstrated propensities toward acts of sexual assault or acts of sexual molestation of children, are hereby declared sexually dangerous persons.â€
Police departments from all over the state of Illinois have sent a letter to Gov. JB Pritzker questioning why the governor has reduced the sentences of violent criminals and convicted murderers.
In order to stop the spread of COVID-19 in Illinois prisons, Pritzker has granted clemency to more than 1,000 prisoners, including Brian Harringon, who was convicted of killing a man in Rockford when he was 14, in 2007.
Many had their sentences commuted or were granted medical furlough. Winnebago County Stateâ€™s Attorney Marilyn Hite-Ross said that some inmates are being let out so quickly that she doesnâ€™t have proper time to inform victims, as is required by the Rights of Crime Victimâ€™s Act and the Illinois Constitution.
â€œThe lack of appropriate notice to my office regarding the early release of these individuals hinders my ability to notify victims and family members in a timely manner. As Winnebago County Stateâ€™s Attorney, I will continue to oppose the early release and furlough of violent offenders back into the Winnebago County community,â€ Hite Ross said Monday.
Hite Ross says her office was basically blindsided by the list of criminals out on parole, so much so, they didnâ€™t even have a chance to tell some of the victimâ€™s family members until some felons were already home.
They say they were told only â€œnon-violentâ€ offenders would be released early, not murderers.