Last Monday Governor Quinn signed into law SB1006 that will reform the way police carry out interrogations. Prior to the law's passage recorded interviews were required only in homicide investigations.
Under the new law, investigators must record nine additional interviews. Included in the new law are criminal high jacking; aggravated kidnapping; home invasion; aggravated battery with a firearm; armed robbery; aggravated criminal sexual assault; predatory criminal sexual assault; aggravated arson.
Better Government Association (BGA) policy coordinator Emily Miller commented, "This legislation proves that stakeholders with vastly different interests can come together to implement meaningful criminal justice reform. The sponsors of this bill worked hard to get this done, and the BGA is proud of the role we played in moving it over the finish line."
The study revealed more than 80 people were convicted of crimes they did not commit. This amounted to 900 years in prison at a cost of $200 million dollars.