On March 26, 2021, HB 2399 was approved by the Judiciary-Criminal Committee of the Illinois House of Representatives.
The committee vote was 11 in favor and 7 against. It is expected to come back to the committee at a later date after it is amended. The amendment will provide that a hearing will be available for persons who have been incarcerated for at least 20 years, and that for the first three years the law is in effect, only those persons who are 50 years of age and older, with the required 20 years of incarceration, will be eligible for a hearing to determine whether they are ready to be released. As a result, priority will be given to those older persons who are the most expensive to incarcerate and least likely to recidivate. After the first three years, all persons with 20 years of incarceration will be eligible.