SB3809 Passes the IL Senate: More Criminalization of Youth and Less Opportunities

The Senate passed SB 3809 prohibiting park districts from hiring juveniles who have committed certain offenses and directing the State Police to do background checks on juveniles when requested by park districts…as State Police do now on adults seeking jobs from park districts.

The bill passed the Senate passed by a vote of 52-0 and will be sponsored in House by Rep. Darlene Senger. If you remember, we asked you back in February to speak out against HB4643. Our thanks to those who did however we now find ourselves in the position of having to ask House Reps NOT to support this bill again. More importantly we are likely to have to ask Governor Quinn not to sign this bill further criminalizing our young people and shutting them out of employment opportunities.

Below is the press release from the bill’s sponsor in the Senate:

Friday, 23 March 2012

Mulroe bill allows broader criminal background checks for potential park employees

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Park districts in Illinois will soon be able to expand criminal background checks for potential hires if a bill sponsored by Senator John Mulroe (D-Chicago) passes the General Assembly. The measure was voted out of the Senate today and now heads to the House floor for consideration.

Currently, park districts are only able to perform criminal background checks for adult convictions for crimes such as murder, attempted murder, aggravated criminal sexual assault and other specified serious crimes. Senate Bill 3809 will also allow the park districts to check juvenile court convictions for the same offenses. The measure has the support of the Illinois Association of Park Districts as well as several park districts around the state.

“Park districts typically have young staffs and young patrons in various programs, so it makes sense to have access to juvenile criminal records for juveniles who seek employment with park districts in Illinois,” Mulroe said.

The measure also adds the criminal convictions of stalking, cyberstalking, and aggravated stalking to the list of offenses.

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