WSIL -- The Illinois Senate Subcommittee for Police Professionalism met on Friday in Chicago to hear testimony about legislation requiring counselors to be present with minors who are being questioned by police.
State Sen. Patricia Van Pelt, D-Chicago is the main sponsor of the legislation and introduced many who gave their testimony.
"The Juvenile Justice Initiative believes this change is necessary because minors age 13 through 17 face more complex legal decisions than adults, as their decisions will shape areas of their lives that they have yet to experience," Van Pelt said.
Supporters of the bill made sure to include 17-year-olds, who were once considered adults but are now minors in Illinois.
They said minors should be accompanied because of their brain development.
They cannot understand the consequences associated with speaking to authorities or fully understand their rights, not because of a lack of education but because their brains are not fully developed.
Miranda Rights do not guarantee an attorney to witnesses or someone who is not in custody.
The legislation was endorsed 4-1 and will now advance to the full committee.
The legislation is Senate Bill 2370.