|Public Act 099-0425|
|HB0356 Enrolled||LRB099 00120 RLC 20120 b|
AN ACT concerning criminal law.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
This Act may be cited as the
County Drug Analysis Field Test Pilot Program Act.
Legislative findings and intent.
(a) The General Assembly finds that:
(1) The Cook County Jail consistently faces
overcrowding issues, with the number of persons held in
custody often near or exceeding the jail's capacity limits.
(2) The Cook County Jail population includes
defendants held in custody, pending a preliminary
examination to determine whether there is probable cause to
believe that the defendant committed a criminal offense.
(3) Each person held in custody at the Cook County Jail
costs the taxpayers of Cook County at least an estimated
$143 per day, with even higher costs for those people in
custody who require mental health treatment and services.
(4) If a person in custody is awaiting preliminary
examination on an illegal substance offense in Cook County,
the preliminary examination will not commence until the
Cook County State's Attorney has received a drug chemistry
laboratory report from the Department of State Police