Chicago Sun Times

Cash bonds keep people in jail who are innocent until proven guilty

By N/A – November 11, 2020

https://chicago.suntimes.com/2020/11/11/21560935/cash-bond-unfair-robert-peters-general-assembly-letters

 

Chicago Appleseed

“Bail Reform” Worked in Cook County; Now, Pass the Pretrial Fairness Act and End Money Bond for Everyone in Illinois”

By N/A – December 4, 2020

http://www.chicagoappleseed.org/bail-reform-works-pass-pretrial-fairness-act/

 

Southside Weekly

An End to Cash Bond in Illinois is Only the Beginning of Restorative Justice

By Nikki Roberts – December 9, 2020

https://southsideweekly.com/an-end-to-cash-bond-in-illinois-is-only-the-beginning-of-restorative-justice/

 

Chicago Sun Times

“Black Caucus bills include important police reforms”

By CST Editorial Board – January 11, 2021

https://chicago.suntimes.com/2021/1/11/22225674/illinois-legislature-black-caucus-reforms-four-pillars-police-education-health-care-editorial

 

Chicago Council of Lawyers

“VICTORY: Illinois Just Passed the Pretrial Fairness Act and Ended Money Bail”

January 13, 2021

https://chicagocouncil.org/illinois-just-passed-the-pretrial-fairness-act-and-ended-money-bail/

 

In These Times

“The Illinois Legislature Just Voted to End Cash Bail. Here's How Organizers Made It Happen.”

By Alice Herman – January 13, 2021

https://inthesetimes.com/article/money-bond-pretrial-fairness-freedom-incarceration-jail-illinois

 

League of Women Voters of Chicago

“Support Pretrial Fairness”

By League of Women Voters of Chicago – January 13, 2021

https://my.lwv.org/illinois/chicago/article/support-pretrial-fairness

 

The Pantagraph

“Criminal justice reform package will head to governor”

By Raymon Troncoso- January 13, 2021

https://www.pantagraph.com/news/state-and-regional/govt-and-politics/criminal-justice-reform-package-will-head-to-governor/article_12db625c-8b17-58ab-833f-802a6aeae266.html

 

Restore Justice Illinois

“Restore Justice Applauds Illinois Legislature for Passing Historic Criminal Law Reforms”

January 13, 2021

https://restorejusticeillinois.org/restore-justice-applauds-illinois-legislature-for-passing-historic-criminal-law-reforms/

 

Block Club Chicago

“Illinois Votes To Stop Jailing People Who Can’t Afford Bail: ‘This Is Not A Just Or Equitable System’”

By Pascal Sabino – January 14, 2021

https://blockclubchicago.org/2021/01/14/illinois-votes-to-stop-jailing-people-who-cant-afford-bail-this-is-not-a-just-or-equitable-system/

 

Huffington Post

“Illinois General Assembly Passes Sweeping Criminal Reform Bill”

By Dominique Mosbergen – January 14, 2021

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/illinois-criminal-justice-reform-bill_n_5fffc4f4c5b691806c4f30a9

 

Injustice Watch

“Illinois lawmakers move to end cash bail with ‘Pretrial Fairness Act’”

By Emanuella Evans – January 14, 2021

https://www.injusticewatch.org/news/2021/illinois-lawmakers-end-cash-bail/

 

Public News Service

“IL General Assembly Approves End to Money Bond”

By N/A – January 14, 2021

https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2021-01-14/criminal-justice/il-general-assembly-approves-end-to-money-bond/a72785-1

 

Rockford Register Star

“They want justice now. And who can blame them?”

By Scott Reeder – January 14, 2021

https://www.rrstar.com/story/opinion/2021/01/14/they-want-justice-now-and-who-can-blame-them/4165979001/

 

The Telegraph

“HB 3653 incorporates law enforcement concerns”

By Andy Manar – January 14, 2021

https://www.thetelegraph.com/opinion/article/HB-3653-incorporates-law-enforcement-concerns-15870838.php

 

Chicago Sun Times

“Nobody should sit in jail because they are poor. Can we agree on that?”

By CST Editorial Board - January 18, 2021

https://chicago.suntimes.com/2021/1/18/22237202/nobody-should-sit-in-jail-because-they-are-poor-can-we-agree-on-that

 

Chicago Tribune

Op-ed: Criminal justice reform: Too fast? Ask communities of color if it feels ‘rushed.’

By Kimberly A. Lightford – January 18, 2021

https://www.chicagotribune.com/opinion/commentary/ct-opinion-criminal-justice-reform-general-assembly-lightford-20210118-t5dmj5lr2rehfnvjxgvi4dft3i-story.html

 

Capitol Fax

“How about we wait to see if it works or not before everybody loses their freaking minds?”

By Rich Miller – January 19, 2021

https://capitolfax.com/2021/01/19/how-about-we-wait-to-see-if-it-works-or-not-before-everybody-loses-their-freaking-minds/

 

Chicago Tribune

“Column: Many oppose criminal justice reform bill. To what extent have they been misled?”

By Ted Slowik – January 19, 2021

https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/daily-southtown/opinion/ct-sta-slowik-criminal-justice-reform-st-0120-20210119-yszqd5yainbphhkpyrgsio7wnq-story.html

 

Chicago Sun Times

“Criminal justice and police reforms in Illinois sure to lead to a more just world

By Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle Jan 20, 2021

https://chicago.suntimes.com/2021/1/20/22240913/cash-bail-policing-criminal-justice-reform-cook-county-board-president-toni-preckwinkle-op-ed

 

The Daily Northwestern

“Pretrial Fairness Act would make Illinois first state to abolish cash bail”

Yiming Fu – January 21, 2021

https://dailynorthwestern.com/2021/01/21/top-stories/pretrial-fairness-act-would-make-illinois-first-state-to-abolish-cash-bail/

 

Injustice Watch

“Illinois criminal justice reform bill critics playing ‘Fear-Mongering Bingo’ says State Sen. Robert Peters”

By Robert Peters – January 21, 2021

https://www.injusticewatch.org/commentary/2021/black-caucus-criminal-justice-reform-end-cash-bail/

 

NPQ (Non-Profit Quarterly)

“Illinois Votes to End Cash Bonds by 2023”

By Carole Levine – January 21, 2021

https://nonprofitquarterly.org/illinois-votes-to-end-cash-bonds-by-2023/

 

Chicago Sun Times

“Every attack on new Illinois police reform legislation is predictable — and wrong”

By Rep. Justin Slaughter – January 22, 2021

https://chicago.suntimes.com/2021/1/22/22239356/illinois-police-reform-illinois-black-caucus-justin-slaughter

 

Chicago Tribune

Letters: Victim compensation is a critical part of the criminal justice reform bill

By N/A – January 24, 2021

https://www.chicagotribune.com/opinion/letters/ct-letters-vp-012421-20210124-pdd2qeflvjfrvd5rqvbyjpc2pq-story.html

 

Black News Alerts

“Illinois Passes Pre-Trial Fairness Act, First State to Pass Such Legislation”

By Natalia Perez – January 25, 2021

https://blacknewsalerts.com/2021/01/25/illinois-passes-pre-trial-fairness-act-first-state-to-pass-such-legislation/

 

Chicago Sun Times

“Reforms would reduce number of wrongful convictions”

By CST Editorial Board – January 25, 2021

https://chicago.suntimes.com/2021/1/25/22249145/wrongful-convictions-police-criminal-justice-reforms-editorial

 

Commercial News

“Letter: Justice reform in Illinois long overdue”

By Mary Catherine Roberson – January 25, 2021

https://www.commercial-news.com/opinion/letter-justice-reform-in-illinois-long-overdue/article_6070af8e-5f3b-11eb-a609-0b0f88d3f531.html

 

Chicago Defender

“OP-ED: Criminal Justice Reform Victory the Result of Many.”

By Richard Wallace – January 26, 2021

https://chicagodefender.com/op-ed-criminal-justice-reform-victory-the-result-of-many/

 

Chicago Tribune

“Op-ed: Ending cash bail will improve public safety”

By Sharone Mitchell Jr. January 27, 2021

https://www.chicagotribune.com/opinion/commentary/ct-opinion-no-cash-bail-pritzker-sharone-mitchell-20210127-d22p2zfcnrditavqlfrzywyiku-story.html

 

Bellville News-Democrat

“Illinois’ Pretrial Fairness Act helps marginalized people, so stop the fear mongering”

By Marie Franklin – January 28, 2021

https://www.bnd.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/article248775645.html

 

Chicago Sun Times

“Ending the criminalization of poverty”

By Letters to the Editor Jan 31, 2021, 12:08pm CST

Robbin Stuckert

Presiding Judge, 23rd Judicial Circuit

Chair, Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Pretrial Practices

https://chicago.suntimes.com/2021/1/31/22256345/criminalizing-povery-criminal-justice-reform-illinois-legislature-pre-trial-bail-letters

 

Effingham Daily News

Letter to the Editor: Pretrial detention reform must be effective

By Robin Stuckert, January 31, 2021

https://www.effinghamdailynews.com/opinion/letters_to_the_editor/letter-to-the-editor-pretrial-detention-reform-must-be-effective/article_e1abb8ce-63fe-11eb-8a52-ab8557470ecb.html

 

Chicago Sun Times

“Criminal justice reform is really about safety for people and police”

By Arne Duncan – Feburary 2, 2021

https://chicago.suntimes.com/2021/2/2/22262652/illinois-criminal-justice-chicago-police-reform-house-bill-3653-arne-duncan

 

Chicago Tribune

“Guest commentary: Criminal justice reform package will ‘make our streets safer and our system fairer’”

By Eric Rinehart – February 3, 2021

https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/opinion/ct-lns-rinehart-guest-column-st-0206-20210203-pr5addocffazzkaafj4ukhhwbu-story.html

 

Community Renewal Society

“Community Renewal Society Requests Governer Pritzker to Sign HB3653”

By N/A – February 3, 2021

https://www.communityrenewalsociety.org/announcements-slick/community-renewal-society-requests-governer-pritzker-to-sign-hb3653

 

Daily Herald

“Crime bill was carefully drafted to meet needs”

By Elgie Sims – February 4, 2021

https://www.dailyherald.com/discuss/20210202/crime-bill-was-carefully-drafted-to-meet-needs

 

Journal Star

“Commentary: Black Illinoisans deserve change now”

By Kimberly A. Lightford – February 6, 2021

https://www.pjstar.com/story/opinion/columns/guest/2021/02/06/commentary-black-illinoisans-deserve-change-now/4380960001/

 

WQAD8 ABC

“VERIFY: 4 key components of Illinois' criminal justice reform bill”

Hannah Rodriguez – February 10, 2021

https://www.wqad.com/article/news/verify/verify-police-reform-bill/526-8fe053ba-19fd-4658-b651-d26ede3116cc

 

ACLU Illinois

“Despite Headlines Suggesting Otherwise, Police and Criminal Justice Reform Bill Enjoys Wide Support in Illinois”

By N/A – February 21, 2021

https://www.aclu-il.org/en/news/despite-headlines-suggesting-otherwise-police-and-criminal-justice-reform-bill-enjoys-wide

 

ACLU Illinois

“ACLU Celebrates Police and Criminal Justice Reform Being Signed Into Law by Gov. Pritzker”

By N/A – February 22, 2021

https://www.aclu-il.org/en/news/aclu-celebrates-police-and-criminal-justice-reform-being-signed-law-gov-pritzker

 

Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation

“Pretrial Fairness Act Becomes IL Law”

By N/A February 22, 2021

https://www.caase.org/pretrial-fairness-act-becomes-il-law/

 

Chicago Appleseed Center for Fair Courts

“VICTORY: Governor Pritzker Abolishes Money Bail by Signing HB 3653 – The SAFE-T Act – into Law”

By Stephanie Agnew – February 22, 2021

VICTORY: Governor Pritzker Abolishes Money Bail by Signing HB 3653 - The SAFE-T Act - into Law | Chicago Appleseed Center for Fair Courts

 

Chicago Tribune

“Editorial: If you’re worried about ending cash bail, you’re fearmongering, Pritzker says”

By The Editorial Board – February 22, 2021

https://www.chicagotribune.com/opinion/editorials/ct-edit-chicago-police-reform-trust-cash-bail-20210222-ib5jnlbrsjarfczbsesyxkcuzu-story.html?outputType=amp

 

Fox 2 Now

“Pritzker debunks myths of Illinois criminal justice reform bill”

By N/A – February 22, 2021

https://fox2now.com/news/pritzker-debunks-myths-of-illinois-criminal-justice-reform-bill/

 

The Justice Management Institute

“The Pretrial Fairness Act: Getting Reform Right”

By N/A – February 22, 2021

https://www.jmijustice.org/blog/the-pretrial-fairness-act-getting-reform-right/

 

NPR

“Illinois Becomes 1st State To Eliminate Cash Bail”

By N/A – February 22, 2021

https://www.npr.org/2021/02/22/970378490/illinois-becomes-first-state-to-eliminate-cash-bail

 

CapFax

“Pritzker administration rebuts Illinois Sheriffs’ Association claims about new criminal justice reform law”

By N/A – February 23, 2021

https://capitolfax.com/2021/02/23/pritzker-administration-rebuts-illinois-sheriffs-association-claims-about-new-criminal-justice-reform-law/

 

Injustice Watch

“Illinois criminal justice reform ends cash bail, changes felony murder rule”

By Emanuella Evans and Rita Oceguera – February 23, 2021

https://www.injusticewatch.org/news/2021/illinois-criminal-justice-reform-cash-bail-felony-murder/

 

Common Dreams

“'All Other States Should Follow': Advocates Applaud as Illinois Approves Elimination of Cash Bail”

By Jessica Corbett – February 24, 2021

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/02/24/all-other-states-should-follow-advocates-applaud-illinois-approves-elimination-cash

 

St. Louis Post Dispatch

“Editorial: A new Illinois law would let judges, not finances, determine who stays in jail”

By The Editorial Board – February 24, 2021

https://www.stltoday.com/opinion/editorial/editorial-a-new-illinois-law-would-let-judges-not-finances-determine-who-stays-in-jail/article_59d6d5c7-e755-5fdf-8cf5-de86b3ec7b35.html

 

Yahoo News

“Illinois becomes first state to end cash bail”

By Safia Samee Ali – Feburary 24, 2021

https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/illinois-becomes-first-state-end-195051003.html

 

KBIA 91.3 FM

“A Massive Criminal Justice Reform Bill Is Now Law In Illinois. What Happens Next?”

By N/A – February 26, 2021             

https://www.kbia.org/post/massive-criminal-justice-reform-bill-now-law-illinois-what-happens-next#stream/0

 

NowThis

“Illinois Becomes First State To Get Rid Of Cash Bail”

By Ashleigh Carter – February 26, 2021

https://nowthisnews.com/news/illinois-becomes-first-state-to-get-rid-of-cash-bail

 

The News-Gazette

“My Turn | 'HB 3653 expands safety, fairness and justice'”

By Minnie Pearson – March 2, 2021

https://www.news-gazette.com/opinion/guest-commentary/my-turn-hb-3653-expands-safety-fairness-and-justice/article_b8d722ae-d479-5841-a971-ce207d8b2e30.html

 

Law Office of Steven Fine

“Pritzker Signs Criminal Justice Reform Bill Ending Cash Bail”

By Steven Fine – March 8, 2021

https://www.sfinelaw.com/blog/2021/march/pritzker-signs-criminal-justice-reform-bill-endi/

 

Madison – St. Clair Record

“Ending cash bail is fair to the poor”

By The Madison County Record – March 9, 2021

https://madisonrecord.com/stories/576523208-ending-cash-bail-is-fair-to-the-poor

 

The Daily Illini

“Illinois abolishes money bail after activist push”

By Amrita Bhattacharyya – March 11, 2021

https://dailyillini.com/news/2021/03/11/illinois-abolishes-money-bail-after-activist-push/

 

The Southern Illinoisan

“Voice of the Reader: Changing double standard”

By N/A - March 12, 2021

https://thesouthern.com/opinion/letters/voice-of-the-reader-changing-double-standard/article_283b4151-9a97-5580-8faf-eee1274d6da7.html

 

Chicago Reader

“Bail abolition is just the tip of the iceberg”

By Maya Dukmasova – March 19, 2021

https://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/hb3653-illinois-criminal-justice-reform/Content?oid=87300957

 

Weekly Citizen

“Senator Sims Reflects on Criminal Justice Reform”

By Tia Carol Jones – March 24, 2021

https://citizennewspapergroup.com/news/2021/mar/24/senator-sims-reflects-criminal-justice-reform/

 

State Journal Register

“Guest opinion: Why the end of cash bail is good for Illinois survivors”

By - Madeleine Behr and Amanda Pyron, April 24, 2021

https://www.sj-r.com/story/opinion/columns/guest/2021/04/24/opinion-end-cash-bail-good-illinois-survivors/7343437002

 

WGLT.ORG 89.1FM

“Advocates: lllinois' Criminal Justice Reform Law Replaces 'Irrational System'”

By Colleen Reynolds – April 28, 2021

https://www.wglt.org/news/2021-04-28/advocates-lllinois-criminal-justice-reform-law-replaces-irrational-system

 

Gruntstuff

“Illinois becomes first state to eliminate cash bail”

By Donna Miller – May 3, 2021

https://gruntstuff.com/illinois-becomes-first-state-to-eliminate-cash-bail/171331/

 

Illinois Newsroom

“Illinois House Passes Bipartisan Ban On Deceptive Interrogation Of Minors”

By Raymon Troncoso – May 29, 2021

https://illinoisnewsroom.org/illinois-house-passes-bipartisan-ban-on-deceptive-interrogation-of-minors/

 

Illinois News Live

“Legislators Pass Follow-up Criminal Justice Bill to Address Police Concerns | News”

By Roger Milian, June 2, 2021

https://illinoisnewstoday.com/legislators-pass-follow-up-criminal-justice-bill-to-address-police-concerns-news/229314/

 

The Pantagraph

“Illinois lawmakers pass follow-up criminal justice bill”

By Raymon Troncoso – June 2, 2021

https://www.pantagraph.com/news/state-and-regional/govt-and-politics/illinois-lawmakers-pass-follow-up-criminal-justice-bill/article_fe488837-6d9b-5083-b832-acd722eae54b.html

 

Heart of Illinois ABC

“Law enforcement hopeful with follow-up criminal justice reform bill”

By N/A – June 3, 2021

https://hoiabc.com/2021/06/03/law-enforcement-hopeful-with-follow-up-criminal-justice-reform-bill/

 

Change.Org

“Support IL HB 3653”

By Jessie Clayton – Date N/A

https://www.change.org/p/j-b-pritzker-support-hb-3653?original_footer_petition_id=13429593&algorithm=promoted&source_location=petition_footer&grid_position=10&pt=AVBldGl0aW9uADiCmQEAAAAAYAKSlggSplA3MWRiZmRiNQ%3D%3D

 

Coalition To End Money Bond

“The Pretrial Fairness Act: Ending Money Bond and Dramatically the amount of people incarcerated pretrial in Illinois”

By N/A – 2021

https://endmoneybond.org/pretrialfairness/

House Bill 3653 was written to increase public safety for everyone while dismantling the systems that hold Black people back from achieving their full potential, as well as increasing trust between law enforcement and the Black community.

 

The culmination of nine public hearings during which over 30 hours of testimony was gathered by the General Assembly, it focuses on police accountability, including police training, limits on the use of force, and increased transparency and accountability regarding officer misconduct.

 

House Bill 3653

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Click here for a detailed fact sheet explaining the legislation.

 

Click here for the measure’s full text.

 

This report from Illinois State Police compiles crime statistics from across the state, including crime index and arrest rates. All data reflects reports made to ISP by local law enforcement agencies.

Claim: The legislation reforms qualified immunity.

Fact: The legislation creates a task force to discuss qualified immunity and related issues. Law enforcement has several representatives on this commission.

 

Claim: The legislation was “devised to destroy law enforcement and empower criminals.”

Fact: The legislation creates additional protections for good officers, with increased training, mental health support, and legal protections to prevent retaliation against officers who prevent or report police abuses.

It also creates additional procedures to protect the rights of people who have been accused but not convicted of crimes, including clearer rules about allowing people who have been arrested to make phone calls and new legal responsibilities for law enforcement to provide appropriate medical assistance to anyone in their custody – particularly pregnant women.

 

Claim: This is a bill that will remove police from actively patrolling.

Fact: Nothing in this legislation prohibits or discourages active patrolling. It does, however, increase training to help law enforcement better respond to crises and understand how to appropriately use force in dangerous situations.

 

Claim: The legislation eliminates felony murder.

Fact: The legislation does not eliminate felony murder, but only makes agreed upon clarifications to whom it applies.

 

Claim: The legislation eliminates funding for law enforcement agencies.

Fact: The legislation does not reduce funding for law enforcement. In fact, it creates a financial incentive to law enforcement agencies that try to meet state deadlines for adopting body camera use.

 

Claim: The legislation enacts significant changes to keep criminals in custody.

Fact: The system makes minor changes to update sentencing law, most notably prohibiting the practice of revoking someone’s driver’s license for failure to pay fees. This practice makes it difficult for people to maintain employment and pay their fees and other bills.

 

Claim: The legislation makes significant changes to law enforcement’s ability to arrest criminals.

Fact: The legislation makes changes to increase trust between law enforcement and the community and to ensure that potentially deadly force is only used when an individual presents a threat to others. For example, someone can’t be arrested for “resisting arrest” unless there is an underlying crime that would justify making an arrest in the first place.