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New Illinois Law Makes It the First State to Eliminate Cash Bail

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Illinois became the first state to eliminate cash bail entirely when the state’s Democratic governor, J.B. Pritzker, signed into law Monday the Illinois Pre-Trial Fairness Act, which includes a host of criminal justice reforms. In addition to discontinuing the cash bail system, the new law mandates body cameras for police officers and redefines law enforcement’s rules for use-of-force. The new legislation, pushed by the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus and passed by the state house last month, prohibits the use of cash payments in return for pretrial release because of its negative impact on communities of color.........

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