End of Cash Bail in Illinois Sparks Concerns

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(ConservativeHub.com) – According to a new report from Fox News, the upcoming end of cash bail in Illinois is leading to concerns among law enforcement officials.

Kyle Bacon, the Franklin County Sheriff, revealed to Fox News that the people in the area are concerned about how this will affect them. He said the decision to end cash bail is experimental and that it could have consequences for the general public.

The Illinois Supreme Court approved a law striking down the state’s cash bail system on Tuesday, July 18. The new ruling is expected to go into effect on Sept. 18. According to Fox News, Illinois is going to be the first state in the country to completely remove the cash bail system.

The new law will mean that those who are charged with a crime will not need to post bail in order to be released from jail prior to their trial. The exception to this is in cases where the judge finds that the individual could be a great threat to the public or there is a high flight risk.

Sheriff Jeff Bullard of Jefferson County claimed that law enforcement will have to face the biggest brunt because of this change. Bullard told Fox News that as law enforcement officers, they will have done their job by arresting and incarcerating people, but that they will now be forced to let them go because of the decision. He argued that the change will lead to “frustration” for victims.

The provision to end cash bail is part of the Safety, Accountability, Fairness and Equity-Today (or SAFE-T) Act, a criminal justice reform legislation.

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