In a groundbreaking move, Illinois became the first state in the U.S. to abolish cash bail by implementing the Pretrial Fairness Act, a part of the broader SAFE-T Act.
In January 2021, the Illinois legislature passed the Pretrial Fairness Act with the law slated to go in place September 2023. The Act ends the use of money bond as a means for release and will potentially keep people from being incarcerated while awaiting trial.
The Safety, Accountability, Fairness and Equity-Today Act, commonly known as the SAFE-T Act, is a state of Illinois statute enacted in 2021 that makes a number of reforms to the criminal justice system, affecting policing, pretrial detention and bail, sentencing, and corrections.
This monumental shift is set to reshape the criminal justice system; here are five things to know.
Chicago, cash bail is eliminated and a lot of people are going to be upset that a lot of Black men won't be jailed — with a price — as they wait on their due process.I'm just letting you know what energy you may get from others today.— Charles Preston (@_CharlesPreston) September 18, 2023
1. About the no-bail act
The Pretrial Fairness Act, embedded within the SAFE-T...