Public Accountability Report Public Accountability Report

Prisoner Review Board
(Appropriated Spending in Thousands)
  FY 2021 FY 2020
Reporting Programs Expenditures Headcount Expenditures Headcount
Hearings for Individuals in Custody and Victims $ 2,177.8 36.0 $ 2,429.9 39.0
Totals $ 2,177.8 36.0 $ 2,429.9 39.0

Amounts may not sum to total due to rounding.

Agency Narrative

The Prisoner Review Board (PRB) is an independent, quasi-judicial entity that makes decisions on a range of matters related adult and juvenile individuals in custody. The 15 board members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Illinois Senate. Since February 1, 1978, when determinate sentencing began in Illinois, the Board’s more significant role has been to provide hearings to determine whether good conduct credits should be revoked or, upon the recommendation of the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC), whether good conduct credits should be restored. Each of the actions has an impact on the release date for the individual in custody. In addition, the Board determines when to parole remaining individuals in custody under the old sentencing law, sets the release conditions, and returns parole violators to incarceration to complete their sentences. Individuals in custody sentenced to Corrections after February 1, 1978 serve determinate or “flat” sentences, in which a stated number of years of incarceration have been set by the sentencing judge and each individual in custody may earn one day of good conduct credit for each day served on the designated sentence. The Board reviews the recommendations for revocation of good conduct for the individual in custody when there has been an alleged violation of institution rules. Following incarceration, each individual in custody serves one to three years of Mandatory Supervised Release. The Board sets strict conditions for behavior while in free society. The violation of these conditions can result in the Board ordering a return to incarceration for the full length of the term and subject the individual in custody to revocation of up to one year of good conduct credit previously earned. The Board is the final arbiter of the conditions of the release supervision. Executive clemency hearings are conducted quarterly, and the Board makes confidential recommendations to the Governor. The Governor has the constitutional executive clemency power to grant or deny petitions.

The Board also carries out specialized juvenile parole hearings each month under a provision of the Juvenile Court Act. The Board, pursuant to a federal consent decree, has hired attorneys to represent juveniles in parole revocation cases, thereby protecting juvenile rights. The PRB also has the Morales case, which is a federal settlement agreement, with which it must comply. In this case, the Board has hired attorneys to represent adult individuals in custody who meet certain criteria.

The Board has always provided notice and assistance to the victims of crime and has always facilitated their desire to inform the Board of their opinions with regard to the individual in custody who victimized them; however, in 1992, the Illinois Constitution was amended by public referendum to incorporate a Victim’s Bill of Rights, which in 1993 was further defined by legislation. The Board’s staff mails notices to victims, trial judges, and prosecutors in connection with parole hearings, statutory releases, and executive clemency hearings. This is in addition to the scheduling of personal appearances by victims and victims' families before the Board. The PRB is currently digitalizing files of individuals in custody to allow PRB staff and IDOC staff to access all necessary PRB documents when reviewing, conducting, and making decisions for all hearing types. This will allow the agency to run more efficiently and effectively for the State of Illinois.


Looking for more information?

© 2024 Illinois Comptroller's Office All rights reserved