Saving county governments, and local taxpayers, some money by streamlining the inspection of county jails is the aim of a new law sponsored by Senator Tim Bivins.

House Bill 5243 repeals a portion of the County Jail Act that requires a grand jury to visit a county jail facility and report its findings to the circuit court, which is supposed to oversee the process and submit the grand jury report to the county board.

“State law currently requires a county to convene a grand jury to inspect the county jail. The Illinois Sheriffs’ Association believes this requirement is a duplication of efforts, because the Illinois Department of Corrections already inspects county jails,” Senator Bivins said.

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