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SPRINGFIELD – A new law passed by State Senator Scott Bennett will bolster privacy rights for crime victims in Illinois.

“Victims of crime and their families deserve the right to participate and be heard in the criminal justice system through the use of these powerful impact statements,” Bennett said. “They provide an opportunity for the victim to express, in their own words, what they, their family and others close to them have experienced as a result of the crime. At the very least, it helps provide some measure of closure to the ordeal the crime has caused.”

Bennett’s new law ensures that a crime victim has the right to register with the Prisoner Review Board’s victim registry and to submit a victim impact statement to the Board for consideration at hearings or executive clemency hearings. Impact statements are written or oral information from crime victims, in their own words, about how a crime has affected them.

House Bill 3584 also clarifies that victim impact statements submitted to the Prisoner Review Board are confidential and privileged.

As a former prosecutor and Vice Chairman of the Senate Criminal Law Committee, Bennett has directed his efforts to securing rights, protections and services for victims going through the criminal justice system.

The governor signed HB 3584 into law Friday. It takes effect immediately.

 
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