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Illinois to divert first-time offenders from jail

from The Times of Northwest Indiana

Illinois state government plans to follow the lead of the Cook County state's attorney's office for an expanded program allowing people convicted of their first felony offense to fulfill a sentence without facing incarceration. The state's attorney's office already has had a deferred prosecution program that allows nonviolent, first-time offenders a chance to enroll in a one-year diversion program. If they complete that program successfully, the offender can avoid a prison term and can also eventually have the offense expunged from their record. more

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