I started off last week by joining the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association for a press conference at the Capitol in Springfield where we expressed our objections to Governor Pritzker’s plan to release convicted felons facing deportation back in to the public without notifying local, regional or federal authorities such as Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
The Illinois Sheriffs’ Association was represented by Kankakee County Sheriff Mike Downey and Livingston County Sheriff Tony Childress. The two men lead the press conference and spoke against the recent policy change.
I vehemently disagree with the governor and IDOC making this decision. No one from the legislature was consulted prior to this change being made. No one from the law enforcement community was made aware of the change either.
I am starting to wonder if the general policy direction that the governor and his team want to go in is one of reckless decision making and complete disregard for victims’ rights and law and order over all.
If you think I’m exaggerating, let’s take a quick look at what ‘criminal justice reforms’ Governor Pritzker has supported since taking office:
- Ending cash bail for incarcerated individuals waiting for their court date.
- Legalizing recreational marijuana and expunging 100s of 1000s of arrests
- Allowing inmates to vote at the Cook County jail
- Releasing illegal immigrant convicted felons in to communities with correctional facilities throughout Illinois without notifying legal authorities to process their deportation orders.
- NEW: Allowing paroled inmates on electronic monitoring to have 12 hours of free movement time per day without regard to the criminal record or the seriousness of the offenses committed by the parolee (released inmate.)
Bryant Says Pritzker Electronic Monitoring Policy Change
Creates Danger to the Public
MURPHYSBORO – State Rep. Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) is calling for the reversal of a controversial decision made by the Illinois Prison Review Booard concerning paroled prisoners and their freedom to move around while under electronic monitoring. Bryant says she was informed of the policy change this week. The move will allow all parolees, regardless of offender status or offense, on electronic monitoring to move freely without consequences for up to 12 hours a day.
“When parole board officials notified me that they were changing their electronic monitoring policies to allow paroled inmates to move about freely for 12 hours every day, I was stunned and very concerned,” Bryant said. “Allowing released rapists, murderers, child molesters, or other sexually violent offenders on electronic monitoring to roam free for 12 hours a day without consequence is a recipe for disaster. The possibility of dangerous consequences for the public will increase dramatically. Where is the concern by this administration for the victims of crime?”
Bryant says the Prison Review Board sent a letter to the Illinois Department of Corrections in June 2019 instructing them that all parolees on electronic monitoring are now allowed 12 hours of free movement per day.
“I am sounding the alarm and encouraging the public to get engaged on this issue,” Bryant said. “The administration needs to hear from Illinoisans across the state that we do not want parolees with sex offenses or violent histories to be free to roam the streets before they have completed the conditions of their parole and are actually done with their sentence. If we do not speak out against this in a unified voice, I am afraid it will take the commission of a crime by one of these individuals before a change will be made. We can’t let that happen.”
Rep. Bryant says if you wish to call Governor Pritzker’s office to express your opinion on this matter, you may call 217-782-6830.
Hearing your Voice! HPV Vaccine Mandate Legislation Widely Opposed by 115th District Constituents
Thank you for taking the time to write to me to express your opinion on HB 4870. Your opinion on this controversial topic is very important to me. I posted a poll question on my facebook page recently to ask what you think of the sponsor’s plan to require students entering the sixth grade of any public, private, or parochial school, to receive the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination and require confirmation that the student has completed the series of HPV vaccinations upon entering the ninth grade of any public, private, or parochial school.
Here is the poll question and the results:
I stand firmly in opposition to this bill. While it is true that some government mandated vaccines have had positive effects in eradicating diseases like measles, mumps, and rubella, the difference is that those diseases are communicable via non-sexual contact. HPV is only communicable through sexual contact.
Ultimately, this is a question of parental rights and medical privacy. I firmly believe this particular medical decision is for parents of schoolchildren and their health care provider to make.
Again, thank you for taking the time to write to me to express your opinion on this overreaching and unnecessary legislation.
State Rep. Terri Bryant Honored for Epilepsy and Seizure Disorder Advocacy
MURPHYSBORO – State Representative Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) has been named the 2020 recipient of The Inspirational Commitment Hero Award by the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago because of her work in the Illinois House on behalf of individuals living with epilepsy. Bryant will receive the honor on Feb 29.
Rep. Bryant is a resident of Murphysboro, where she resides with her husband Rick. Rep. Bryant is a wife, mother, and grandmother. She is a retired 20 veteran of the Illinois Department of Corrections, having served as a public service administrator.
Rep. Bryant has been State Representative since 2015. Last year, she was the Chief Sponsor of the Seizure Smart School Act, legislation initiated by the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago and signed into law by Governor Pritzker this past summer.
The bill requires all Illinois public school employees to be trained in seizure recognition and requires parents or guardians of children with epilepsy to submit a seizure action plan with the school. Terri’s husband Rick has lived with a seizure disorder for most of his life.
“While Rick was in school he struggled with the stigma associated with seizures,” Bryant said. “Rick struggled not because of a mean spirit of those in his school, but because people were not educated as far as how to handle someone experiencing a seizure.”
Bryant says she is honored to receive the 2020 Inspirational Commitment Hero Award and thanked the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago for recognizing the importance of the Seizure Smart School Act.
“Thank you to the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago for this award. I feel honored and humbled,” Bryant said. “I am proud to partner with an organization that advocates to make a positive difference in the lives of people suffering with seizure disorders and I plan to continue to represent the interests of children and adults that live with epilepsy and other seizure disorders as long as I have the opportunity to make a difference.”
My office in Murphysboro can be reached at 618-684-1100 and my office in Mt. Vernon can be reached at 618-242-8115. You can email me at email@example.com or leave feedback on my website’s contact form at http://www.ilhousegop.org/contactbryant
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