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IL Bans Prisoner Name Changes

The Illinois legislature recently passed Public Act 88-25, effective July 6, 1993, which prohibits convicted felons from changing their names while incarcerated. The act also prohibits felons from changing their names until two years after being paroled or pardoned.

Anthony Bogan is a PLN reader in Illinois who has sought to change his name to Yakubu Mapfumo. He is prohibited from doing so as a result of the above law. He has filed a petition for a name change which was denied by the district court. The appeal is now pending and the appeals court has declined to appoint counsel. Both the ACLU and NAACP have declined to provide legal assistance in challenging the statute's constitutionality. Bogan is requesting legal assistance from counsel. He can be contacted at: Anthony Bogan # N13398, P.O. Box 711, Menard, IL. 622S9.

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