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2018 Recap: Parolees in Chicago convicted of homicide

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By West Cook News | Jul 25, 2019


There were 177 offenders convicted of homicide released on parole in Chicago during 2018, according to Illinois Department of Corrections data obtained by the West Cook News.

The data shows that 167 men and 10 women were among the parolees. Of the parolees sentenced for homicide, five were veterans, and the median age was 43. The youngest parolee was a 19-year-old man sentenced in 2018, and the oldest was a 77-year-old man sentenced in 1978.

The offender who was incarcerated the longest was Charles Smith. He was convicted of homicide in 1972 when he was 25 years old. He is now 73.

Under state law, paroled offenders are still in legal custody of the IDOC, meaning they can be taken back to a correctional center at any time if the state has probable cause or a warrant.

The table below shows the 50 cities in Illinois with the most paroled offenders in 2018 who were convicted of homicide.

Prisoners convicted of homicide paroled in 2018

City
Total # of Parolees
% Women
% Men
Median Age
Chicago
177
5.7%
94.4%
43
Rockford
12
8.3%
91.7%
45
East Saint Louis
11
0%
100%
48
Chicago Heights
9
0%
100%
41
Kankakee
8
0%
100%
48
Harvey
7
28.6%
71.4%
40
Joliet
7
0%
100%
44
Berwyn
6
0%
100%
46
Dolton
5
0%
100%
44
Peoria
5
20%
80%
49
Bellwood
5
0%
100%
42
Aurora
5
20%
80%
41
Springfield
4
0%
100%
41
Maywood
4
0%
100%
31
Elgin
4
0%
100%
39
Decatur
4
50%
50%
38
Lansing
4
0%
100%
41
Broadview
3
33.3%
66.7%
40
Waukegan
3
0%
100%
54
Hazel Crest
2
0%
100%
38
Park Forest
2
0%
100%
45
Hillside
2
0%
100%
35
Effingham
2
0%
100%
52
Markham
2
50%
50%
36
River Grove
2
0%
100%
41
Dixon
2
0%
100%
45
Carbondale
2
0%
100%
44
West Frankfort
2
0%
100%
41
Bloomington
2
100%
0%
43
Centralia
2
0%
100%
53
Yorkville
2
0%
100%
38
Champaign
2
0%
100%
36
Alton
2
100%
0%
37
Normal
2
50%
50%
45
Danville
2
0%
100%
37
De Soto
2
0%
100%
50
Moline
1
0%
100%
38
Milan
1
100%
0%
35
North Chicago
1
0%
100%
41
Mound City
1
0%
100%
37
Pembroke Township
1
0%
100%
38
Ottawa
1
0%
100%
58
Olney
1
100%
0%
47
Oak Park
1
0%
100%
55
Oak Lawn
1
0%
100%
40
Petersburg
1
0%
100%
45
Poplar Grove
1
0%
100%
43
Wilmington
1
0%
100%
38
Westmont
1
0%
100%
45
Villa Park
1
0%
100%
48

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