- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 19, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Juveniles who commit nonviolent crimes would get a detention hearing much quicker under a plan heading to the Illinois Senate.

The House approved a proposal Tuesday to guarantee juvenile suspects of nonviolent crimes a hearing within 24 hours, including on weekends and holidays, to determine if the person should be released. Under current law, juveniles could wait up to 40 hours for a hearing.

Evanston Democratic Rep. Robyn Gabel says every year there are 1,000 Illinois children detained unnecessarily.

Some Republican lawmakers say rural areas with limited resources may have trouble complying with the measure.

The State’s Attorneys Appellate Prosecutor’s Office has said prosecutors need more time to review cases. But Gabel says information such as a list of a juvenile’s prior offenses is readily available and shouldn’t hinder faster detention hearings.


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