Illinois Becomes First State to Commit To Eliminating Cash Bail

Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a number of sweeping criminal justice and police reforms into law, which includes eliminating cash bail for pretrial detainees.

Under the Pretrial Fairness Act, which was spearheaded by the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus, a judge can still detain an individual if they’re charged with felonies such as murder or domestic battery.

Those who aren’t deemed a threat to the community won’t be required to obtain cash to be released from jail prior to trial.

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Criminal Justice Reform Bill Headed To Governor’s Office After Passing Illinois House, Senate

The Illinois House has passed a sweeping criminal justice reform package.

It passed in the House with a 60-50 vote. The bill already passed the Illinois Senate in the early morning hours Wednesday. It will now be sent to Governor JB Pritzker for approval and signing.

It is part of a larger plan authored by the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus to rid Illinois of, what it calls, systemic racism.

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