Sen. Michael E. Hastings

SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Michael E. Hastings (D-Frankfort) voted against one of Governor Pritzker’s appointees to the Prisoner Review Board.  Recently, the nominee approved the early release from prison of criminals convicted of murdering police officers. 

Senator Hastings expressed his disappointment in the following statement:

“The Prisoner Review Board is responsible for making difficult and contentious decisions.  However, the intentional murder of law enforcement officials is one of the most heinous crimes a criminal can commit. 

“As a U.S. Army Combat Veteran, I understand the sacrifice police officers and first responders make on a daily basis.  By releasing individuals early from prison who were convicted of murdering our brave members of law enforcement, our state is sending a dangerous message to the integrity of the criminal justice system.

“That is why I voted against the governor’s nominee.”