August 6, 1987
WILLIE WILSON, PLAINTIFF-APPELLANT
MICHAEL P. LANE, DEFENDANT-APPELLEE
APPELLATE COURT OF ILLINOIS, FOURTH DISTRICT
512 N.E.2d 99, 158 Ill. App. 3d 1037, 111 Ill. Dec. 195 1987.IL.1130
Appeal from the Circuit Court of Sangamon County; the Hon. Richard E. Mann, Judge, presiding.
JUSTICE McCULLOUGH delivered the opinion of the court. SPITZ, P.J., and LUND, J., concur.
DECISION OF THE COURT DELIVERED BY THE HONORABLE JUDGE MCCULLOUGH
On June 3, 1986, plaintiff filed a declaratory judgment complaint. He alleged that he had been recommended for 45 days of meritorious good time , and the credit was pending before defendant, the director of the Illinois Department of Corrections, when the court decided Lane v. Sklodowski (1983), 97 Ill. 2d 311, 454 N.E.2d 322. Defendant denied plaintiff's good time credit. Plaintiff alleged that he had earned the credit prior to the Lane decision, and therefore asked the court to declare that the Lane decision did not apply to him. The trial court granted defendant's motion to dismiss.
In Lane v. Sklodowski (1983), 97 Ill. 2d 311, 320, 454 N.E.2d 322, 326, the court determined that section 3-6-3(a)(3) of the Unified Code of Corrections only allowed the awarding of 90 days' total credit against an inmate's sentence. (Ill. Rev. Stat. 1985, ch. 38, par. 1003-6-3(a)(3).) The court determined that its decision should be applied prospectively only. Therefore, the court stated that credits which the director had awarded prior to July 13, 1983, would be honored. See also Baker v. Department of Corrections (1985), 106 Ill. 2d 100, 477 N.E.2d 686.
Here, plaintiff's meritorious good time credit application was pending when Lane was decided. The director had not yet awarded the good time credit. Therefore, Lane applies, and plaintiff, who had been awarded 90 days' credit against his sentence, was not entitled to additional meritorious good time credit.
For the above reasons, we affirm the trial court.
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