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The Illinois Supreme Court says defendants can’t be shackled in hearings on involuntary commitment into state care unless they’re proven to be a danger or at risk of fleeing. Rule 296 went into effect Thursday. LaSalle County State’s Attorney Karen Donnelly says the rule requires some extra legwork.


Donnelly says it’s about protecting people’s rights.



The rule says even in cases where a court deems that someone needs to be restrained, it should be done with the least restrictive restraints possible.


No one should be shackled to a wall, piece of furniture, or other person.

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