Proposed Changes to Illinois’ SAFE-T Law – NBC Chicago

Illinois State Senator Robert Peters filed an amendment to the controversial SAFE-T law, which is expected to eliminate cash bail in the state on January 1, 2023.

The amendment largely focused on clarifying language on several fronts, including whether defendants detained before January 1 will be freed once the legislation takes effect, and clarifying which crimes would be eligible for pretrial detention.

Here is the full text of the bill:

Changes to the SAFE-T Act include:

-Expand the definitions of “willful flight” and broaden the judge’s discretion to determine whether an accused poses a danger to the public or a particular individual.

-The wording of the bill has also been changed with respect to persons already in pre-trial detention prior to the elimination of cash bond. These defendants will be able to be registered in the new system, but will first have to pass hearings.

Defendants deemed “at risk of absconding” would require a hearing within 60 days, and those deemed “dangerous” would require hearings within 90 days, giving lawyers time to put together their arguments.

-For trespassing offences, officers would be required to issue a citation to a suspect first, unless the officer reasonably believes the suspect poses a threat, or has a mental health issue or obvious medical. If an officer issues a citation and the trespass continues, an arrest can be made.

The bill could potentially go to a vote before the end of the lame duck session, but it’s unclear when that would be.

NBC Chicago

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