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New IL law aims to make investigations into child abuse easier

SPRINGFIELD, IL (KFVS) -

A new Illinois law will give prosecutors greater power to compile evidence of past allegations of child abuse.

Under the new law, state’s attorneys will be able to get information on past investigations of child abuse, that did not yield any conclusive evidence leading to prosecution. 

Until now, access to those records was limited to prosecuting crimes related to the filing of false reports of child abuse. 

The new law will allow prosecutors to use records of past allegations to help establish a stronger case, for investigations related to more recent incidences of child abuse.

“We need to make sure that law enforcement has all the information they need to keep our children safe,” said Rep. Brandon Phelps.  “This law will give prosecutors the information they need to go after those that have a pattern of abusing children.”

Advocates for the bill say prosecutors should be able to look at these past reports - even if that evidence appeared unfounded at the time - because new evidence may shed more light on whether abuse of a child is actually taking place.

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