Federal Judge: Continuing incarceration beyond the sentence in Illinois is unconstitutional; NARSOL’s IL affiliate quoted

By Max Green . . . A federal judge in Chicago has found the Illinois Department of Corrections is violating the constitutional rights of prisoners convicted of certain sex crimes by making the restrictions on where they can live so stringent that inmates are often locked up long beyond their sentences.

In a ruling issued Sunday, Judge Virginia Kendall wrote that hundreds of offenders in the state’s prison system successfully complete their entire court-ordered sentences yet remain behind bars indefinitely. Kendall found the corrections department is depriving them of fundamental rights, and if they had money and support, they’d be able to leave and begin serving out what’s called “mandatory supervised release.”

Mark Weinberg, an attorney for the plaintiffs, said the decision could mean relief for hundreds of people who have been in prison even though they’ve served their time.

“A plaintiff of mine called me [today] to say it’s the talk of the prison,” he said. “There are ways to protect public safety but holding people in prison long after their sentences are over isn’t the proper way to do it.”

In 2017, WBEZ visited and spoke with J.D. Lindenmeier, one of the plaintiffs in the case. At that time, Lindenmeier had been behind bars six years past his court-ordered release date. But he’s still in prison today, a total of eight years beyond his sentence because he can’t find a place to live that complies with the state’s requirements.

Prisoners call the time they serve beyond their sentences — often many years — “dead time.”

Read the full piece here at WBEZ News.

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    admin

    By Max Green . . . A federal judge in Chicago has found the Illinois Department of Corrections is violating the constitutional rights of prisoners con
    [See the full post at: Federal Judge: Continuing incarceration beyond the sentence in Illinois is unconstitutional]

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    d

    Would not these guys be able to sue since it is unconstitutional and a violation of their rights, and then use the money to hire a lawyer and get out? Why is the state not providing a lawyer for them?

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    TS

    I hope there is an recompense effort for those who suffered under this. It is ludicrous to hold people in such a fashion.

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    Anthony

    Call it what it really is! Illegal sanctioned kidnapping under the guise of a administrative rule or slanted law.

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    WC_TN

    This is a wonderful ruling, but the court needs to force the prison to release all those men and women who have been held illegally beyond their sentence expiration. You know the state will be sour grapes and likely drag its feet as slow as it can “finding and identifying” the ones who are to be released.

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    Timothy

    Yes the court ruled but that doesn’t mean much. See Michigan.

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      WC_TN

      I’m curious as to what effect the ultimate outcome of this new class-action lawsuit will have throughout the 6th Circuit’s jurisdiction. If the whole ball of wax gets ruled unconstitutional as it was argued from MI state’s own newly elected A.G. in her amicus brief, what will that mean for the rest of the 6th circuit?

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      Peter Carr

      My son was given 5yrs to life for something he did not do, he is now in the 9th year of a LIFE sentence because he will not take their classes and admit to being a child molestor. He will not come out and be branded on the outside and be oustracized. He is at a standstill with the justice system and is now in prison for LIFE He was just lately assaulted by his cellmate fractured a vertebrae and was refused any medical treatment. This would not happen in North Korea!

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    Minor American

    Of course it is !!!! Does someone really have to spell that out !!! The fear factor and rules, regulations, and policies @ that entangled Civil and Constitutional laws in an unjust fashion is beyond being allowed in the first place much less the obvious lies to cover up the blatant flaws and violations of individuals rights to live free and without penalties! !! Duuhhh !!!

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    TS

    Is there going to be an effort to fight the residency restrictions then since it has now been shown to be punitive here?

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    Peter Carr

    My son got 5yrs to LIFE for something he did not do, he is now on the 9th year of a LIFE sentence because he will not take classes and will not admit to a child molestation charge. He feels that by taking the classes he is admitting guilt and that he cannot function in society with this brand on him. Only in America would this happen, it would not happen in North Korea. He is now in a standoff with the DOJ.

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    derek shepard

    Sounds kind of like the civil commitment scenario that most states allow. Have two hired guns from the DAs office say your dangerous and they give you a life sentence because they think you might commit a crime in the future!
    Where’s the crystal ball 🔮?

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    I don’t doubt for a second that ordinance resulting in extra jail time violates the U. S. constitution; nor do I dismiss that it was honorable of a federal judge to strike it down because of said-unconstitutionality. The more pertinent question at hand is: why was this BLATANTLY obvious unlawful ordinance put into place to begin with?

    Answer: Politicians deliberately push for unnecessary sex offense laws and ordinances, knowing well that the state will be sued for it, in order to distract and deter the bigger issue from being addressed, which is the following:

    A lot of sex offense laws, including some pertaining to minors, should not even BE laws to begin with. (Politicians individually and privately KNOW this!)

    Politicians know these sex offense restrictions and ordinances will be struck down through lawsuit. They write these restrictions and ordinance for this very reason. By adding spikes (restrictions and ordinances) onto the already poisonous giant cactus (oppressive laws banning consensual sex between adults and SOME minors) , they can swindle us to focus inefficiently on attacking the spikes, causing us to forget the mission of chopping down the whole overwhelming cactus: By causing our advocacy focus on residency restrictions and ordinances, they can make us falsely feel like we’re moving mountains towards sex offender rights, all the while making REAL efforts to bring about REAL sex offender rights through Supreme Court modification or obliteration of oppressive federal Age of Consent and child sex offense laws seem too large and too unobtainable.

    Politicians know that sex offense laws, in the way that they are written, don’t actually protect the public. They know it’s about the money.

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