Cash Bail ends in Illinois

Today (Monday) begins the end of money bond in the state of Illinois and views vary on whether it will improve the state’s criminal justice system.  The Pretrial Fairness Act was supposed to end cash bail January 1, but was delayed by legal challenges. The Illinois Supreme Court upheld the law two months ago and set September 18 for the day it would go into effect. Some prosecutors say the measure will bring about transparency and accountability.

In Sangamon County, Sheriff Jack Campbell said they won’t be releasing criminal defendants already behind bars right away. They have a process in place for that. But, he said there are public safety and police morale concerns moving forward.

Suspects for many low-level first time offenses will be processed and freed pending trial. Suspects of more serious, violent crime can be held pending trial.

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