In this section of its criminal laws, Illinois explains the primary purposes of its criminal law. In short, the goals are to: prevent crime; define criminal offenses and their punishments in detail; and ensure that individuals accused of crimes are treated fairly.
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The text below comes from Article 1 of the Illinois Criminal Code of 1961. This law may have changed -- please read the important legal disclaimer at the bottom of this page.
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