Illinois Criminal Registries
Illinois has criminal registries for those who have been found guilty of murder or violence against a youth, making methamphetamine, and sex crimes. These databases keep track of offenders and are public record, meaning that anyone can look online to find out whether their neighbors have committed any of these offenses. While this seems like a good idea and is one that Illinois, more than many other states, has fully embraced, the success of such registry databases has been proven to be of little use. And, what’s more is that they may even detract from what they attempt to solve: convicts committing additional offenses.
Murderer and Violent Offender Against Youth Database and Registry Effects on Convicts
As per Illinois statute 730 ILCS 154/85, Murderer and Violent Offender Against Youth Registration Act, those aged 17 years or more who are convicted of a violent crime against a person that is under the age of 18 shall be entered into the state’s database. Depending on the specific circumstances, the offenses include:
- Aggravated kidnapping;
- Unlawful restraint;
- Aggravated unlawful restraint;
- An attempt to commit any of the above offenses;
- Child abduction;
- First-degree murder;
- Forcible detention;
- Manslaughter if the cause of death was shaken baby syndrome;
- Endangering the life of a child;
- Domestic battery resulting in bodily harm;
- Aggravated battery; and
The intent of the offender database is to give warning to other community members of the possible dangerous convicted criminal and to deter the convict from further offenses. However, according to University of Michigan law professor J.J. Prescott, “The deterrence of prison is reduced by the use of public registries because they have the effect of destroying the value of being out of prison by turning people into pariahs. Prison as a threat only works if you have something to lose.” Furthermore, many years’ worth of data have shown that these types of databases, whether they are used for sex crimes, child violence, or drug making, simply do not work, according to Pacific Standard Magazine. If anything, they harm an offender's chances of being accepted back into society after serving their punishment, which only makes it more likely that they will become a repeat offender.
Call an Experienced Naperville Criminal Defense Attorney as Soon as Possible
Whether you are facing charges of making methamphetamine, committing a violent act towards a youth, or a sex offense, do not leave your future in the hands of anyone other than the most experienced criminal defense attorney. The passionate Naperville criminal defense attorneys of Donahue & Sowa have the knowledge, experience, and resources to provide unparalleled criminal defense to keep you out of prison. Do not hesitate to reach out to us today and learn how we can be of assistance.