WBEZ | Andrea's Law http://www.wbez.org/tags/andreas-law Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Illinois registry of convicted murderers tops 500 http://www.wbez.org/news/criminal-justice/illinois-registry-convicted-murderers-tops-500-98500 <p><p>An Illinois state registry for first-degree murder convicts has topped 500 people.</p><p><a href="http://bit.ly/Jmkhpe">The Bloomington <em>Pantagraph</em> reports</a> that 528 convicts who have completed their sentences and been released are on the registry, which was created by a new law that went into effect in January.</p><p>The database is similar to the sex offender registry. It includes names, addresses, employment places, schools attended and photos for offenders for up to 10 years after their release from prison.</p><p>The legislation was called "Andrea's Law" after Andrea Will, an Eastern Illinois University student killed in 1998 by her former boyfriend, who was released from prison in 2010.</p><p>Her mother, Patricia Rosenberg, said the website would allow people to know whether a convicted murderer is living nearby.</p></p> Tue, 24 Apr 2012 09:57:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/criminal-justice/illinois-registry-convicted-murderers-tops-500-98500 Examining the impact registries have on the formerly incarcerated http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-07/examining-impact-registries-have-formerly-incarcerated-87508 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-June/2011-06-07/Criminal Getty Kevork Djansezian.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Given the way legislators can spar, it’s hard to imagine anything passing in Springfield without some debate. But that’s just what happened with <a href="http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/BillStatus.asp?DocNum=263&amp;GAID=11&amp;DocTypeID=HB&amp;LegId=54928&amp;SessionID=84" target="_blank">Andrea’s Law</a> when it made its way through the Illinois Senate.<br> <br> The bill is a murder registry that would require anyone convicted of first-degree murder to register with the local authorities for 10 years after their release. It's named for Andrea Will, an Eastern Illinois student killed by an ex-boyfriend in 1998.</p><p>Many might welcome the opportunity to find out if a murderer is living nearby. But what impact do registries have on those who’ve served their time? For one perspective <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> was joined by John Maki, Executive Director of the <a href="http://www.thejha.org/" target="_blank">John Howard Association of Illinois</a>. The organization works toward a fair and cost-effective criminal justice system.</p><p><em>Music Button: Robert Miles, "Everything or Nothing", from the CD Thirteen, (Salt)</em></p></p> Tue, 07 Jun 2011 13:37:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-07/examining-impact-registries-have-formerly-incarcerated-87508