( KTRS ) A proposal to speed up a juvenile suspect’s hearing before a judge is headed to the Illinois House floor.
The Juvenile Justice Committee overwhelmingly approved the plan by Evanston Democratic Rep. Robyn Gabel to require a hearing within 24 hours of a juvenile’s arrest – including on weekends and holidays.
The law currently allows 40 hours before a hearing. Proponents of Gabel’s plan say that’s too long to have a juvenile in police custody without having a hearing to determine next steps.
A spokesman for state’s attorneys in Illinois says prosecutors need more time to review cases before justifying the detention before a judge.
Opponents say smaller counties may not have budgets large enough to pay for judicial hearings on weekends and holidays.