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Governor Signs Bill to Make Illinois First State to Eliminate Cash Bail Despite Steep Opposition


Illinois Democrat Gov. JB Pritzker signed the Pretrial Fairness Act (HB3653) on Monday making the Land of Lincoln the first state to eliminate cash bail despite unified opposition by the state’s police community and all but two of the 102 county state’s attorneys. Ahead of the governor’s signature, the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus sponsored the bill which aims to eliminate any bail requirements for those charged with felonies if they have been deemed to be no threat to the community, MSN News reported. The bill will take effect in January of 2023.

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