In-custody Informants in Illinois

State statute requires judges to hold pre-trial reliability hearings before jailhouse informant testimony is admissible in murder, sexual assault, and arson cases. Additionally, at least 30 days before a relevant evidentiary hearing or trial, prosecutors must disclose key evidence regarding jailhouse informant witnesses to the defense, including: benefits provided in exchange for testimony, their complete criminal history, and any previous jailhouse informant activities. Effective: 2019.

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