A measure introduced by Alton State Senator Bill Haine and sponsored by State Representative Dwight Kay of Glen Carbon has moved to the Governor's desk for final approval. Senate Bill 1322 amends the Sexually Dangerous Persons Act by improving the examination process in cases involving someone who is believed to be mentally ill and is being held in jail with no determination.
Kay, a Glen Carbon Republican, says we've arrived in this situation because state law requires a person be examined by two psychiatrists. He says that is difficult to arrange and that this law will expedite this part of the process.
Kay says this bill won't result in jails being clogged due to a slow process and that it won't continue to cost the state money. Under SB 1322 the cost of examinations would be shifted from the Illinois Department of Corrections to the county level.