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State lawmakers passed a bill to replace "offender" with "justice impacted individual" in state law, pending Gov. JB Pritzker's signature.

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Illinois legislators set to change ‘offender’ to ‘justice-impacted individual’

Illinois legislators are working to change the term “offender” to “justice impacted individual” in state law, a move Republicans say disrespects victims of violent crime. House Bill 4409 would add Illinois Department of Corrections representation to the Adult Redeploy Illinois oversight board, but it also changes the word “offender” to “justice-impacted individuals.”

The bill has been approved by both the House and Senate, awaiting the governor’s decision for implementation. If signed into law, the term change will be effective in state legislation.

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