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Illinois House passes modifications to heavily debated criminal justice reform ‘SAFE-T Act’

(The Center Square) – The Illinois House passed follow-up legislation to the SAFE-T Act which will allow defendants on electronic monitoring to be able to have periods of “free movement.” The Safety, Accountability, Fairness, and Equity-Today, or SAFE-T, Act, was passed in the previous General Assembly in 2021. Democrats say it is a holistic approach […]

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New legislation would allow suspects to potentially intimidate victims, Illinois Republicans warn

(The Center Square) – A bill poised for Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s desk would allow suspects three calls after they enter jail, which law enforcement will not be allowed to monitor. House Bill 3512 passed the state Senate in October. The House took up the Senate’s amendment during their one-day session Wednesday. State Rep. Justin […]

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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signs multiple criminal justice reform bills into law

Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed multiple criminal justice reform bills into law Thursday morning, which aim to reduce Illinois’ prison population and encourage “the use of restorative justice.” Surrounded by sponsoring lawmakers, criminal justice reform advocates and a victim of a wrongful conviction, Pritzker signed a package of legislation at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law in […]

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Gov. Pritzker, Lake County officials discuss criminal justice bill in Waukegan

Gov. J.B. Pritzker appeared Wednesday in Waukegan alongside Lake County officials to tout his newly-signed criminal justice and police reform bill, saying that it will help bring a “fairer and safer legal system” for Illinois. Pritzker spoke during a 12:30 p.m. Wednesday press briefing at the Waukegan Park District Field House about House Bill 3653, […]

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Lake, McHenry county sheriffs speak out after Gov. Pritzker signs criminal justice reform bill

Lake County Sheriff John Idleburg and McHenry County Sheriff Bill Prim both issued contrasting statements in response to the massive criminal justice reform bill signed by Illinois Gov. Pritzker on Monday. Prim said in a statement that the legislation package contains sweeping changes and “will have a measurable impact on law enforcement and the public.” […]

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‘Justice is being advanced once again’ Gov. Pritzker says before signing massive criminal justice reform bill into law

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a controversial and sweeping criminal justice reform bill into law on Monday that will end cash bail starting in 2023. House Bill 3653 — formerly House Bill 163 — passed by a 60-50 vote on January 13. The Senate passed the bill by a 32-23 vote. It will change use-of-force […]

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Gov. Pritzker, Lake County state’s attorney issue statements of support for criminal justice reform bill

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Lake County State’s Attorney Eric Rinehart both signaled their support for the newly approved criminal justice reform bill, which ends cash bail and implements police reform measures. House Bill 3653 — formerly House Bill 163 — passed by a 60-50 vote early Wednesday morning. The Senate passed the bill by […]

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General Assembly approves controversial justice reform bill that ends cash bail in Illinois

(The Center Square) – Illinois lawmakers passed a controversial and sweeping criminal justice reform bill Wednesday morning that will end cash bail and allow anonymous complaints against officers. House Bill 3653 — formerly House Bill 163 — passed by a 60-50 vote early Wednesday morning. The Senate passed the bill by a 32-23 vote. It […]