Bill Text: IL HB3904 | 2017-2018 | 100th General Assembly | Enrolled


Bill Title: Amends the Unified Code of Corrections. Provides that the Department of Corrections shall establish a Women's Correctional Services Division under the authority of a Chief of Women's Correctional Services, which must be a Senior Public Service Administrator level position. Provides that the Chief of Women's Correctional Services shall be appointed by the Director of Corrections. Provides that the Chief of Women's Correctional Services shall have the same authority as the Chief of Operations that oversees all male prison facility operations. Provides that the Women's Correctional Services Division shall: (1) be accountable for management and oversight of the operations of all State women's correctional facilities; (2) be accountable for all Department of Corrections employees working with women under the custody of the Department in State women's correctional facilities; and (3) be accountable for all employees working in the Department of Corrections Parole Division that supervise women on mandatory supervised release and any contractors providing services to women in the custody of the Department or under the supervision of the Department in any capacity.

Spectrum: Moderate Partisan Bill (Democrat 45-12)

Status: (Enrolled) 2017-06-30 - Passed Both Houses [HB3904 Detail]

Download: Illinois-2017-HB3904-Enrolled.html



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1 AN ACT concerning criminal law.
2 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4 Section 5. The Unified Code of Corrections is amended by
5changing Section 3-2-3 and by adding Section 3-2-5.5 as
6follows:
7 (730 ILCS 5/3-2-3) (from Ch. 38, par. 1003-2-3)
8 Sec. 3-2-3. Director; Appointment; Powers and Duties.
9 (a) The Department shall be administered by the Director of
10Corrections who shall be appointed by the Governor in
11accordance with The Civil Administrative Code of Illinois.
12 (b) The Director shall establish such Divisions within the
13Department in addition to those established under Sections
14Section 3-2-5 and 3-2-5.5 as shall be desirable and shall
15assign to the various Divisions the responsibilities and duties
16placed in the Department by the laws of this State.
17(Source: P.A. 77-2097.)
18 (730 ILCS 5/3-2-5.5 new)
19 Sec. 3-2-5.5. Women's Division.
20 (a) As used in this Section:
21 "Gender-responsive" means taking into account gender
22 specific differences that have been identified in

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1 women-centered research, including, but not limited to,
2 socialization, psychological development, strengths, risk
3 factors, pathways through systems, responses to treatment
4 intervention, and other unique gender specific needs
5 facing justice-involved women. Gender responsive policies,
6 practices, programs, and services shall be implemented in a
7 manner that is considered relational, culturally
8 competent, family-centered, holistic, strength-based, and
9 trauma-informed.
10 "Trauma-informed practices" means practices
11 incorporating gender violence research and the impact of
12 all forms of trauma in designing and implementing policies,
13 practices, processes, programs, and services that involve
14 understanding, recognizing, and responding to the effects
15 of all types of trauma with emphasis on physical,
16 psychological, and emotional safety.
17 (b) The Department shall create a permanent Women's
18Division under the direct supervision of the Director. The
19Women's Division shall have statewide authority and
20operational oversight for all of the Department's women's
21correctional centers and women's adult transition centers.
22 (c) The Director shall appoint by and with the advice and
23consent of the Senate a Chief Administrator for the Women's
24Division who has received nationally recognized specialized
25training in gender-responsive and trauma-informed practices.
26The Chief Administrator shall be responsible for:

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1 (1) management and supervision of all employees
2 assigned to the Women's Division correctional centers and
3 adult transition centers;
4 (2) development and implementation of evidenced-based,
5 gender-responsive, and trauma-informed practices that
6 govern Women's Division operations and programs;
7 (3) development of the Women's Division training,
8 orientation, and cycle curriculum, which shall be updated
9 as needed to align with gender responsive and
10 trauma-informed practices;
11 (4) training all staff assigned to the Women's Division
12 correctional centers and adult transition centers on
13 gender-responsive and trauma-informed practices;
14 (5) implementation of validated gender-responsive
15 classification and placement instruments;
16 (6) implementation of a gender-responsive risk,
17 assets, and needs assessment tool and case management
18 system for the Women's Division; and
19 (7) collaborating with the Chief Administrator of
20 Parole to ensure staff responsible for supervision of
21 females under mandatory supervised release are
22 appropriately trained in evidence-based practices in
23 community supervision, gender-responsive practices, and
24 trauma-informed practices.
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