New Set of Illinois Laws Aim at Assisting People’s Lives After Prison

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A new set of laws in Illinois aim to help people return to life after going through the criminal justice system. The laws were signed by Governor Bruce Rauner last week.

They include sealing court records of those who received a “not guilty” verdict or their case was dropped.

Another law allows non-violent former offenders the chance to earn professional licenses, for example to be a nurse or barber.

Supporters of the laws say people should have the chance to move on. They say it can be difficult for those who served time in prison to find work and become productive members of society.

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