Pritzker to Sign Sweeping Criminal Justice Reform Bill

Pritzker to Sign Sweeping Criminal Justice Reform Bill

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker will sign a massive criminal justice reform bill Monday.

The bill, which is over 700 pages in length, will eliminate cash bail in Illinois. It will let [accused] criminal offenders be set free without waiting in jail for their court date if they cannot afford bail. A judge would issue pre-trial release conditions for Illinois offenders.

In addition, the bill would mandate the use of police body cameras for all officers and limit the use of force, among other changes.

The bill was met with criticism by law enforcement and groups such as the Illinois State’s Attorney’s Association, which said the bill “will profoundly undermine public safety and overturn long-standing common-sense policies and practices in the criminal justice system.”

Others were critical of the bill potentially not being fully read through before it passed.

In addition to what’s in the bill, many Illinois Republicans scoffed when lawmakers were given less than two hours to debate and read over it before a vote in the early morning hours of January 13.