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Illinois Becomes First State to Commit to Eliminating Cash Bail

While the change won’t take effect until Jan. 2023, criminal justice reform advocates say the bill’s passage is nothing short of historic

NBC Chicago

Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Monday signed a number of sweeping criminal justice and police reforms into law, which includes eliminating cash bail for pretrial detainees.

Under the Pretrial Fairness Act, which was spearheaded by the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus, a judge can still detain an individual if they’re charged with felonies such as murder or domestic battery. However, those who aren’t deemed a threat to the community won’t be required to obtain cash to be released from jail prior to trial.

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