Il conto, originally sponsored by Democrats Peters and state Rep. Justin Slaughter, passed with bipartisan support, with state House Republican leader Jim Durkin also among the dozens of co-sponsors.
The legislation is ‘the first of its kind’
Illinois is the first state to pass such a bill
, secondo il Innocence Project
, a nonprofit organization that works to exonerate those it believes to have been wrongfully convicted
Legislature statali in New York
e Oregon have introduced similar bills
“This historic legislation — the first of its kind to pass a state legislature — is a breakthrough in safeguarding against the wrongful convictions of young people,” Rebecca Brown, director of policy at the Innocence Project, ha detto in una dichiarazione.
“It is far more likely than one might think for someone, particularly a child, to confess out of fear, coercion, or desperation when deceptive tactics are used during an interrogation.”
Research shows that children are two to three times more likely than adults to falsely confess to a crime
, secondo a 2017 article published in the New York University Law Review
. Quella, a sua volta, also puts them at greater risk of being wrongfully convicted
, about one-third of wrongful convictions based on false confessions have involved minors
, according to Lauren Kaeseberg
, legal director at the Illinois Innocence Project
The bill now goes to Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s desk for signature.