October 17th, 2009

Community Service in Illinois


I am truthing a novel I wrote four years ago as I prepare for publication. My main character is serving 500 hours of community service in a Chicago inner city clinic.

Problem: I don't know how Illinois runs their community service program. Is it administered by probation officers? If not, then by whom? Is there a regular reporting requirement, and who does the reporting?

I've googled the obvious: community service, probation, the State of Illinois website (several topics), and a few others.

Thanks in advance,
Dangerous Bill

Police Procedure in Colorado

I've recently been directed to this community as a great resource, so I'm trying you out. I am editing a manuscript, and am unsure about the validity of the procedures the author has used.

Time line and location: Current Day - Colorado

I need to know the police procedure in a murder investigation under the following scenarios:

1). If the DNA of a person is found at a crime scene (serial murder), is
this sufficient to arrest them? (in this book - person was brought in for
questioning - gave an alibi - and was released, but watched).

2). If later, while released this person eludes police and during that time
another murder is attempted - would that person then be arrested? There is
nothing to link him to this particular crime other than a description -
which is not convincing. If this person refuses to give information about
an alibi, could then be held and for how long?

3). If they ARE held as indicated in #2, and another murder is attempted -
shining light on the possibility that they are not the murderer - would then
they have to be released?

3). If an officer goes to a house that has been left empty and abandoned - and finds a
back door kicked in - and it is thought there 'may' be some helpful evidence
there to assist them in locating a murder suspect (not the one described
above but their twin), may the officer enter the building without warrant?

I attempted Wiki and Google searches, but none of the information I found was specific enough to confirm for me how the scenario should go.

Thank you.
Gail R. Delaney
Desert Breeze Publishing