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Title:Sentencing Policy Advisory Council, Illinois
Website:http://www.icjia.state.il.us/spac/index.cfm?metasection=meetings
Contact Name:Kathy Saltmarsh
Contact Title:Executive Director
Contact Phone:(217) 558-4749
Contact E-Mail:Kathy.Saltmarsh@Illinois.gov
Function:The purpose of the Council is to review sentencing policies and practices and examine how these policies and practices impact the criminal justice system as a whole in the State of Illinois. In carrying out its duties, the Council shall be mindful of and aim to achieve the purposes of sentencing in Illinois, Duties. The Council shall perform, as resources permit, duties including: (1) Collect and analyze information including sentencing data, crime trends, and existing correctional resources to support legislative and executive action affecting the use of correctional resources on the State and local levels. (2) Prepare criminal justice population projections annually, including correctional and community-based supervision populations. (3) Analyze data relevant to proposed sentencing legislation and its effect on current policies or practices, and provide information to support evidence-based sentencing. (4) Ensure that adequate resources and facilities are available for carrying out sentences imposed on offenders and that rational priorities are established for the use of those resources. To do so, the Council shall prepare criminal justice resource statements, identifying the fiscal and practical effects of proposed criminal sentencing legislation, including, but not limited to, the correctional population, court processes, and county or local government resources. (5) Perform such other studies or tasks pertaining to sentencing policies as may be requested by the Governoror the Illinois General Assembly. (6) Perform such other functions as may be required by law or as are necessary to carry out the purposes and goals of the Council prescribed in subsection (b). Authority. (1) The Council shall have the power to perform the functions necessary to carry out its duties, purposes and goals under this Act. In so doing, the Council shall utilize information and analysis developed by the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts, and the Illinois Department of Corrections. (2) Upon request from the Council, each executive agency and department of State and local government shall provide information and records to the Council in the execution of its duties. (f) Report. The Council shall report in writing annually to the General Assembly and the Governor.
Term:N/A
Senate Confirmation:No
Party Affiliation:n/a
Compensation:Reimbursed for travel and per diem expenses incurred in their work for the Council
Composition:The Council shall consist of the following members: (A) the President of the Senate, or his or her designee; (B) the Minority Leader of the Senate, or his or her designee; (C) the Speaker of the House, or his or her designee; (D) the Minority Leader of the House, or his or her designee; (E) the Governor, or his or her designee; (F) the Attorney General, or his or her designee; (G) two retired judges, who may have been circuit, appellate, or supreme court judges; retired judges shall be selected by the members of the Council designated in clauses (c)(1)(A) through (L); (H) the Cook County State's Attorney, or his or her designee; (I) the Cook County Public Defender, or his or her designee; (J) a State's Attorney not from Cook County, appointed by the State's Attorney's Appellate Prosecutor; (K) the State Appellate Defender, or his or her designee; (L) the Director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts, or his or her designee; (M) a victim of a violent felony or a representative of a crime victims' organization, selected by the members of the Council designated in clauses (c)(1)(A) through (L); (N) a representative of a community-based organization, selected by the members of the Council designated in clauses (c)(1)(A) through (L); (O) a criminal justice academic researcher, to be selected by the members of the Council designated in clauses (c)(1)(A) through (L); (P) a representative of law enforcement from a unit of local government to be selected by the members of the Council designated in clauses (c)(1)(A) through (L); (Q) a sheriff outside of Cook County selected by the members of the Council designated in clauses (c)(1)(A) through (L); and (R) ex-officio members shall include:(i) the Director of Corrections, or his or her designee; (ii) the Chair of the Prisoner Review Board, or his or her designee; (iii) the Director of the Illinois State Police, or his or her designee; (iv) the Director of the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, or his or her designee; and (v) the Cook County Sheriff, or his or her designee.
Chair:Chair and Vice Chair shall be elected from among its members by a majority of the members of the Council
Authority:730 ILCS 5/5-8-8

 Member Names

Name (Last, First)Term ExpiresMember SinceAffiliationAppointed ByPositionTitleCounty
Baker, SteveCook County Public DefenderMemberNone
Bocanegra, KathrynMembers of the CouncilMember, Representative of a community-based organizationNone
Chadd, JamesState Appellate DefenderMemberNone
DiVito, Gino12/31/201212/30/2009GovernorChairJudgeCook
Evans, Rep. Marcus 12/5/2012DemocratSpeaker of the HouseMemberNone
Findley, CraigStatuteEx-OfficioChair of the Prisoner Review Board
Fitzgerald, AnneMembers of the CouncilMember, SheriffNone
Gratteau, Henriette9/24/2019StatuteEx-OfficioCook County Sheriff Designee
Hudson, Nathalina A. Attorney GeneralMemberDeputy Attorney General for Criminal JusticeNone
Jeffreys, RobStatuteEx-OfficioDepartment of Corrections
McClure, Sen. Steve 12/31/20153/1/2013RepublicanSenate Minority LeaderMemberState SenatorNone
McDermed, Rep. Margo12/31/20129/22/2009RepublicanHouse Minority LeaderMemberState RepresentativeNone
Meis, MarciaDirector of the Administrative Office of the Illinois CourtsMemberNone
Palmer, Hon. StuartMembers of the CouncilMember, Retired JudgeNone
Piper, JamesStatuteEx-OfficioIllinois State Police
Sims Jr., Sen. Elgie R. DemocratSenate PresidentMemberState SenatorNone
Spellberg, AlanCook County State's AttorneyMemberNone
Stamps, JasonStatuteEx-OfficioDirector, Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority
Stemen, DonMembers of the CouncilMember, Criminal justice academic researcherNone
Thompson, JulianMembers of the CouncilMember, Victim of a violent felony or a representative of a crime victims' organizationNone
Umholtz, StewartState's Attorney's Appellate ProsecutorMember, State's Attorney not from Cook CountyNone
Wolfson, WarrenMembers of the CouncilVice Chair, Retired JudgeNone
Ziman, KristenMembers of the CouncilMember, Representative of law enforcement from a unit of local governmentNone