[r20] Rep. Dermody co-authors bill to prevent inmates from getting illegitimate diplomas (2/17/2011)

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Start Date: 2/17/2011 All Day
End Date: 2/17/2011

Rep. Dermody co-authors bill to prevent inmates from getting illegitimate diplomas

STATEHOUSE - State Representative Tom Dermody (R-LaPorte) has co-authored a bill that changes the requirements for an imprisoned person to earn a reduction in their sentence time. House Bill 1416 would require that the Department of Correction (IDOC) approve any correspondence courses an imprisoned person wishes to take to earn a high school diploma.

Current law allows an imprisoned person to take correspondence courses to earn a high school diploma and thereby reduce the amount of time they must serve, but it does not provide any oversight as to what courses they take or where the diploma comes from. HB1416 would require that any courses the person would like to take must first be approved by the IDOC before they can earn a diploma to reduce their sentence time.

"We have a problem these days where inmates are going to phony online schools to get a diploma and get time off of their sentence," said Rep. Dermody. "This bill prevents these inmates from getting illegitimate diplomas and instead requires them to take legitimate, accredited courses to earn their high school diploma."

HB 1416 passed on third reading 93-1. The bill now goes to the Senate for further consideration.

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