Illinois To Overhaul State Parole Violation System

Illinois To Overhaul State Parole Violation System

The state of Illinois is pledging to overhaul the system used to decide whether parolees go back to prison for alleged violations.

A federal judge gave the plan preliminary approval last week. If finalized, the plan will mean the end of a class action lawsuit brought on behalf of the 28,000 people in parole in Illinois.

Sheila Bedi is a law professor at Northwestern University and one of the attorneys for the parolees. She spoke with WBEZ Monday about what the changes mean.