Union County State's Attorney's Office

2011 Annual Report

Office of the State’s Attorney

Union County, Illinois

 

 

2011 Annual Report

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tyler R. Edmonds,

State’s Attorney


 

 

 

 

 

The qualities of a good prosecutor are as elusive and impossible to define as those which mark a gentleman. And those who need to be told would not understand it anyway. A sensitiveness to fair play and sportsmanship is perhaps the best protection against the abuse of power, and the citizen’s safety lies in the prosecutor who tempers zeal with human kindness, who seeks truth and not victims, who serves the law and not factional purposes, and who approaches his task with humility.

                  

– Robert H. Jackson, United States Attorney General, April 1940


A Letter from the State’s Attorney

 

It continues to be my honor and privilege to serve as your State’s Attorney and I am again pleased to present our Annual Report for your review.  Publication of the State’s Attorney’s Annual Report is an important means to promote transparency and accountability while also updating elected officials, law enforcement and social service agencies, and the citizens of Union County on efforts of the State’s Attorney’s Office during the past year.

 

This Annual Report provides information regarding the structure, staffing, funding and expenditures of the State’s Attorney’s Office as well as a breakdown of cases filed, fines and restitution to crime victims.

 

The services provided by the State’s Attorney’s Office are only possible because of a dedicated staff and the efforts of law enforcement and other agencies such as the Department of Children and Family Services and the Child Advocacy Center.  I hope this Annual Report increases public awareness of the hard work of these individuals while also providing important information regarding the efforts of this office in 2011.

 

Sincerely,

 

Tyler R. Edmonds

Union County State’s Attorney

 

 

Office Overview

 

The Union County State’s Attorney’s Office is responsible for prosecuting all violations of criminal law occurring within Union County on behalf of the People of the State of Illinois.  Additionally, the office serves as legal counsel to Union County government including the Board of County Commissioners and other elected officials.  The State’s Attorney’s Office also prosecutes violations of Union County ordinances and represents the County in civil court proceedings.

 

The State’s Attorney’s Office consists of three full-time attorneys and two full-time legal assistants.  The office’s Victim Advocate Unit provides services to crime victims and consists of one full-time Victim Advocate and a part-time Victim-Witness Coordinator.

 

The guiding principle for the Union County State’s Attorney’s Office is found in Illinois Supreme Court Rule 3.8:

 

The duty of a public prosecutor . . . is to seek justice, not merely to convict.

 

In each individual case, the office seeks to ensure that justice is served for all parties involved and for the People of the State of Illinois.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Significant Office Accomplishments

 

  • Anna man sentenced to 25 years for Vehicular Highjacking
  • Cobden man sentenced to 8.5 years for Reckless Homicide
  • Carbondale man sentenced to 7 years for Aggravated DUI
  • Collected nearly $300,000 in fines, forfeitures and other costs to criminal defendants including more than $28,000 in restitution to crime victims
  • Provided services to 771 crime victims
  • Negotiated new jail contract resulting in significant savings to county taxpayers


Criminal Prosecution

 

The State’s Attorney’s Office is responsible for prosecuting all crimes that occur within Union County and pursuing certain civil matters including Juvenile Abuse and Neglect cases and involuntary mental health commitments.  During 2011, 5038 cases were opened with the following breakdown:

 

 

Excluding traffic citations, these cases compare as follows:

Felony Cases

 

Felonies Filed

During 2011, the State’s Attorney’s Office again filed more than 200 felony cases.

 

These numbers can be compared as follows:

Felony Dispositions

Since 2009, the State’s Attorney’s Office has undertaken a concerted effort to reduce the backlog of open cases and achieved dispositions in approximately 300 felony cases in both the years 2009 and 2010.  Reduction of this backlog allowed 2011 dispositions to return to a number more in line with the average of the past decade.  Moving cases quickly and efficiently through the court system results in better outcomes at trial, protects the public from repeat offenders and provides certainty and closure for victims and the community.

 

 

These numbers can be compared as follows:

Department of Corrections Sentences

In certain felony matters, sentences to the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) are necessary to protect the public.  In 2011, the State’s Attorney’s Office obtained convictions resulting in 32 IDOC sentences.

These numbers can be compared as follows:

 

 

Fines and Restitution

 

During 2011, the State’s Attorney’s Office collected nearly $300,000 in fines, forfeitures and other costs to criminal defendants.  This amount includes over $28,000 in restitution to crime victims.

 

These numbers can be compared as follows:

 

 

 

 

Victim’s Advocate Unit

The State’s Attorney’s Office’s Victim’s Advocate Unit (VAU) provides a variety of services to crime victims to help lessen the trauma associated with victimization.  The VAU consists of one Victim’s Advocate and one Victim/Witness Coordinator providing a variety of services including:

 

  • assistance in seeking orders of protection
  • 24-hour crisis intervention
  • orientation to court process and procedure
  • regular updates regarding case status and disposition
  • personal, legal and medical advocacy as well as emotional support
  • referrals to appropriate social service agencies
  • assistance in applying for victim compensation through the Illinois Attorney General’s Office.
  • enrollment in Illinois Automated Victim Notification System providing victims with automatic updates regarding case and custody status

During 2011, the VAU provided services to 771 crime victims.


Civil Practice

 

The State’s Attorney’s Office is responsible for legal representation of the County of Union as well as Union County elected officials.  The office provides a variety of services in fulfilling these obligations including pursuing and defending civil litigation, negotiating collective bargaining agreements, real property transactions and contracts, and representing the County in grievance and administrative proceedings.

 


Funding Sources and Expenditures

 

During 2011, expenditures of the State’s Attorney’s Office were more than $3,000 under budget.

 

Allocated budgetary funds totaled $382,631.99 with $93,681.99 coming from state and federal grant funding, $116,961.04 coming from state reimbursements and the remaining $171,988.96 coming from the county general fund.  Expenditures for 2011 totaled $379,397.41.  The funding sources and expenditures for 2011 are broken down as follows:

 

Budgetary Funding Sources

 

 

Expenditures

 

 

Office of the State’s Attorney

Union County, Illinois

 

Tyler R. Edmonds,

State’s Attorney

 

309 West Market Street, Room 200

Jonesboro, Illinois 62952

 

Telephone:     (618) 833-7216

Facsimile:      (618) 833-3349

 

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