- Associated Press - Monday, February 10, 2014

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) - Winnebago County has a new program for first-time offenders that will give them a chance to avoid a criminal record.

The county’s deferred-prosecution program launched Jan. 1. The Rockford Register Star reports (https://bit.ly/1obRrOO) that the program offers amnesty to first-time, non-violent offenders. However they must agree to conditions set by prosecutors. That could include community service, earning a high-school diploma or job training.

A volunteer community panel screens applicants to see if they qualify. Participants must agree to a recorded confession to be used during prosecution if they don’t complete the program.

Officials say the program will help offenders get jobs because they won’t have a criminal record. They also say it will reduce jail populations and court caseloads.

The program is based off a similar effort in Kane County.


Information from: Rockford Register Star, https://www.rrstar.com

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide