IMPROVING OUR CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM

Prison Diversion Act Passes House — WBGZ Radio, March 20, 2015

A measure that creates the Mental Health Prison Diversion Commission Act passed the house and is on to the Senate. Democratic State Representative Scott Drury’s measure creates a commission to gather information, review studies and identify areas of best practice on how the criminal justice system should handle individuals with illness and developmental disabilities. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

The Wrong Guy – Witness Misidentification Leads to Wrongful Convictions — Illinois Times, March 19, 2015

Eyewitness misidentification . . . is a leading cause of wrongful convictions . . . . In Illinois, a new state law took effect . . . reforming how police handle suspect lineups. Sponsored by state Rep. Scott Drury, a Democrat from Highwood and a former assistant U.S. attorney, the law is meant to prevent conscious or unconscious suggestions by police to witnesses about which person in a lineup may be the suspect. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

Rauner Makes Appointments to Criminal Justice Reform CommissionProgress Illinois, March 4, 2015

Gov. Bruce Rauner made appointments to the recently-established state commission tasked with developing criminal justice and sentencing reforms . . . . Here are the commission members according to a news release . . . Scott Drury – State Representative . . . . CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

Rep. Drury Named Vice Chair of House Criminal Judiciary CommitteeHighland Park Landmark, February 11, 2015

State Rep. Scott Drury (D.Highwood) announced . . . that he had been appointed to serve as vice chair of the House of Representatives’ Criminal Judiciary Committee. The Criminal Judiciary Committee is the House of Representatives’ primary voice on numerous major issues confronting the State of Illinois, including public corruption, firearms policy, reformation of the criminal justice system and sentencing policy. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

A Wrongful Convictions Win — Huffington Post, August 11, 2013

On the last day of session . . . the General Assembly approv[ed] a comprehensive wrongful convictions reform bill . . . . Representative[] Scott Drury (D-58) . . . fought hard for this measure in the House . . . . CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

Police May Soon Have to Videotape More Interrogations — Chicago Sun-Times, June 7, 2013

Police across Illinois have been required to videotape interrogations of murder suspects since 2005, but the General Assembly recently passed a bill that would expand the requirement to eight other crimes. Rep. Scott Drury (D-Highwood) says the bill “strikes a blow at Illinois’ horrific track record of wrongful convictions while also protecting police officers from false accusations of misconduct.” CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

Expansion of Videotaped Interrogations Advances — Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, June 3, 2013

As time wound down on their spring session Friday, legislators approved a measure that would allow for expanded use of video recordings in police interrogations. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Scott R. Drury, D-Highwood . . . would phase in those requirements over a three-year period beginning June 1, 2014. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

Law Enforcement, Legislator Clash on Bills Aimed at Addressing Wrongful Convictions — Chicago Tribune, April 28, 2013

Less than two months into his first term, state Rep. Scott Drury introduced two bills he hoped would address a persistent failure of the state’s justice system – wrongful convictions. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE