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The Elderly Bill: Is it a "Get out of Jail Free" Pass?

Supporters of the Elderly Bill in Illinois say it’s not "a get out of jail free" pass.

House Bill 36-68 would enable an elderly prisoner who is 50 years old or older and who has served at least 25 consecutive years to apply for a sentence modification.

Bill Ryan is with Project I-11, a coalition focused on prison reform in the state.

He says it addresses the question of ‘what is the purpose of sentencing?’

Besides saving the state money, Ryan says the measure would also reduce prison overcrowding.

Families of victims would be allowed input in the sentencing modification process.

He adds that national studies find that prisoners over age 50 who have served long sentences have virtually no recidivism rate for violent crimes.