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Illinois Abolishes Cash Bail in Sweeping Criminal Justice Overhaul

Posted on AllSides February 24th, 2021
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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a sweeping criminal justice and police reform measure into law on Feb. 22 that includes making the state the first in the nation to completely abolish cash bail.

Pritzker, a Democrat, said in a statement after signing the bill that “this legislation marks a substantial step toward dismantling the systemic racism that plagues our communities, our state, and our nation and brings us closer to true safety, true fairness, and true justice.”

Proponents of the change have argued that cash bail unfairly affects poor defendants,...

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