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Parolee Says He Got The Runaround

CHICAGO (CN) - A parolee sued the Illinois Department of Correction and the Illinois Prisoner Review Board in Federal Court, challenging their practice of re-incarcerating paroled sex offenders upon release, because their parole plans and residence were approved by the Prisoner Review Board but not by the Department of Corrections.

James Murdock claims that typically, parolees are walked to the exit gate as if to be released, but are handed a notice of parole violation for failure to secure an IDOC-approved residence, then placed in punitive segregation and transferred to another prison to await a new hearing for release. Parolees are not informed before their re-incarceration that the IDOC has rejected their "host site," are not given an opportunity to secure an approved site, and are often reshuffled through this process several times, Murdock says.

He is represented by Thomas Peters.

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