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Illinois Death Penalty Fund Increases Public Safety

As part of the passage of the death penalty abolition bill in 2011, funds from the Capital Litigation Fund were reallocated to the Death Penalty Abolition (DPA) Fund, as administered by The Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA). The goals of the DPA are to enhance public safety and to increase support of the survivors of homicide victims.

The first phase of DPA implementation begins with a collaboration between ICJIA and the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board (ILETSB). The two groups are working to develop an advanced investigator training program.

ICADP continues to monitor the administration of the DPA and is pleased that former death penalty funds are enhancing programs that support survivors of homicide victims and increase public safety. We are proud to have led the passage of legislation that not only ended a broken system but went a step farther by developing preventative and sustainable programs that improve systems for survivors.

For more information on the Death Penalty Abolition Fund and surrounding efforts, go to www.icjia.state.il.us/victimsaid.