On September 18th, the IL Safe-T Act went into effect. The bill eliminates bonds and cash bail statewide. Many offenses, including burglary and aggravated assault, are now non-detainable.
Some judges and chief prosecutors are sounding the alarm. They say their hands are tied and cannot protect the public from dangerous criminals.
The Safe-T Act may be the most significant “social justice” experiment ever enacted by an entire state.
The new law also requires all counties in Illinois to have a dedicated public defender’s office. Most counties currently do not because their population is so low. This will create a tremendous financial burden for some of these.