Does the Illinois Safe-T Act just give perks to criminals?  Critics say, yes. Here's what you need to know about the state's new criminal justice reform law.


Illinois 'SAFE-T' Act

Here's everything you need to know about the controversial new law that goes into effect on January 1, 2023. This criminal justice reform law is the elimination of cash bail for anyone charged with any of close to a dozen crimes that are now classified as,

Non-Detainable Offenses

Under this new law, if you are charged with a crime on the list below, you will be able to be released without bail pending a court date. it's very difficult to see any of the good in this SAFE-T Act when you see some of the violent crimes that are now classified as non-detainable.

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Illinois 'Safe-T' Act Non-Detainable Offenses

  1. Aggravated Battery
  2. Aggravated DUI
  3. Aggravated Fleeing
  4. Arson
  5. Burglary
  6. Drug-Induced Homicide
  7. Intimidation
  8. Kidnapping
  9. Robbery
  10. 2nd-Degree Murder
  11. Threatening a Public Official

According to a Facebook post from WFCN News-Illinois, there is one more part to interpreting this law.

[...] criminals eligible for probation upon conviction would be able to be released pending a court date [...]

So, you'd only be released without bail (pending a court date) if you were eligible for probation should you get convicted? Something doesn't seem right about that.

How would you know if someone was eligible for probation until there was a verdict?

Isn't it entirely possible during the trial that the offender could face new or reduced charges?

If you have the time, you really should scroll through the comments from the Facebook post below, it's a great read for so many reasons.

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