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Illinois becomes first state to abolish cash bail | News – St. Louis, Missouri

St. Louis, Missouri 2021-02-23 08:01:00 –

Springfield, Illinois — Democratic Governor JB Pritzker of Illinois signed a drastic review of police and criminal justice on Monday, including the abolition of the bail system.

Under the new law, cash bail will be abolished in 2023. Washington, DC, and New York and New Jersey are doing the same.

Critics of the bail system say it sees poverty as a crime. Removing it does not mean that everyone will be free while waiting for a trial. The judge makes the call based on the threat posed by the defendant.

Senator Robert Peters, a Democrat in Chicago, said: “We have clearly focused on this and narrowed it down so that money is not a factor. Money does not determine if anyone is a threat.”

According to the National Assembly of State Legislatures, Illinois is one of 26 states that have passed more than 100 new laws dealing with law enforcement policy since May. But so far, it’s the only state to eliminate the financial position to release people from detention while awaiting trial. — — Chicago Tribune via Associated Press, Tribunnews.com.

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