State Police Can Relocate Witnesses in Gang Trials
Janota, Laura, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Laura Janota Daily Herald Staff Writer
Witnesses who inform on street gangs in Illinois now can receive special protections because of a law Gov. Jim Edgar signed Thursday.
An 18-month, $1 million pilot program that primarily would relocate witnesses and victims of gangs now will be administered by the Illinois State Police.
Through the program, county prosecutors and the Illinois Attorney General's office would be eligible for grants for relocations, name changes and other witness protection purposes.
"State prosecutors told us over and over that they really have no way to adequately protect witnesses," said Illinois Attorney General Jim …
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Publication information: Article title: State Police Can Relocate Witnesses in Gang Trials. Contributors: Janota, Laura - Author. Newspaper title: Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL). Publication date: June 28, 1996. Page number: 6. © 2009 Paddock Publications. COPYRIGHT 1996 Gale Group.
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