Republican Senate Leader: “The Governor needs to lead” when it comes to Prisoner Review Board

State Sen. Steve McClure (R-Springfield) said the problems can be summed up easily. (Photo courtesy: Flickr/File)

By Dave Dahl

SPRINGFIELD – If anybody did not smell a rat at the Illinois Prisoner Review Board, Illinois Senate Republicans say, last month’s death of an eleven-year-old boy – allegedly at the hands of a man the PRB released a day before – should leave no doubt.

“Here we have the Prisoner Review Board and (the Illinois Department of Corrections), both complicit in the death of a child, and the governor talks about the process being political,” said Senate Minority Leader John Curran (R-Downers Grove). “Please! It’s nonsense. The governor needs to lead.”

The lawmakers rolled out a package of bills which includes more stringent notification of people involved with a crime before that inmate is released. Curran says PRB members should each have twenty years of experience in criminal justice.

Crosetti Brand allegedly stabbed Jayden Perkins, 11, to death and seriously wounded Perkins’ mother, Laterria Smith, Brand’s ex-girlfriend.

Dave Dahl can be reached at [email protected].


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