Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation on Thursday that will make is more difficult for fugitives to flee any defined jurisdiction.
Senate Bill 2520 makes it a Class 4 Felony for an offender's immediately family members to assist them in fleeing. The family members also may not intentionally prevent the seizure and arrest of the offender. Family members over the age of 18 that violate the law will face between one and three years in prison and/or a $25,000 fine. Currently, the Illinois Criminal Code exempts immediate family members from violation of the statute.
Governor Quinn commented, "It is my duty to keep the people of Illinois safe and ensure we have a sound criminal justice system. This legislation will prevent criminals from evading punishment and help us bring them to justice."
The law goes into effect on January 1.
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