New standards for who can be a sex offender evaluator will take effect July 1.

“The General Assembly felt that evaluators should be formally licensed by the state of Illinois, not just on staff or on contract with various agencies throughout the state,” said Susan Hofer, spokeswoman for the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

The law says that members of the board must have a health professional license, such as a nurse, doctor or psychologist.

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Hofer says the licensed health professionals will have a better understanding of “what should happen with sex offenders when they either go on parole or have a conditional supervised release. The fact that they may have served time in prison doesn’t necessarily resolve the cause of their being sent to prison.”

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