A bill passed by the Illinois Senate aims to give teens arrested for a serious crime more protections during the interrogation process.  The legislation from Senator Patricia Van Pelt of Chicago requires that anyone under 15 arrested for murder or a sex crime have a lawyer present when they are questioned. 

It also requires those under the age of 18 be read a simplified version of the Miranda warning.

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This was a compromise, as Van Pelt initially wanted 15 through 17 year olds to also have legal representation.  The measure was approved unanimously and now moves to the house.


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