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Illinois General Assembly Passes Sweeping Criminal Reform Bill

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Propelled by the Black Lives Matter movement and public outrage over the deaths of Black Americans at the hands of police officers, the Illinois General Assembly passed sweeping criminal justice reforms on Wednesday that would end cash bail and require all police officers to wear body cameras, among other measures.

“This criminal justice package carries with it the opportunity to shape our state into a lesson in true justice for the nation,” Pritzker said in a statement.

Among other changes, H.

B.

3653 would abolish cash bail, require all police officers in the state to wear body cameras by 2025 and introduce new guidelines for the “decertification” of police officers.

, a co-sponsor of the bill, said he believed the legislation to be “the first step to transforming criminal justice in Illinois in a way that will uplift our communities and support our law enforcement professionals.

“This increases accountability and transparency in law enforcement, modernizes our bail and sentencing systems, and provides for greater protections and more humane treatment of those who have been arrested and accused of crime,” Sims, a Democrat, said in a statement.

The time for change is now.

Elgie Sims (@ElgieSims) January 10, 2021 .

The Illinois Law Enforcement Coalition, which consists of police unions and organizations representing law enforcement leadership, said in a statement that legislators had “made Illinois less safe.

Republican state Rep.

However, perhaps the worst part, many violent felons will be able to walk free before trial,” Weber said, referring to the abolishment of cash bail requirements.

In contrast, Democratic state Rep.

Justin Slaughter, a co-sponsor of the bill, said getting rid of cash bail would bring more equity and humanity to the criminal justice system.


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