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The Student News Site of DePaul University

The DePaulia

The Student News Site of DePaul University

The DePaulia

Metropolitan Correctional Center in the Loop. The SAFE-T Act went into effect Sept. 18 to help decrease the jail population in Illinois.

Illinois becomes first state to eliminate cash bail; rural counties face implementation challenges

Samantha Moilanen, Online Managing Editor October 1, 2023

Illinois has become the first state to abolish cash bail, a move that some legal experts say will have very different ramifications in rural areas than in Chicago.  The Pretrial Fairness Act became...

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker answers questions from the media during a press conference at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Chicago, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022.  A variety of new laws take effect Sunday, Jan. 1, 2023 that could have an impact on peoples finances and, in some cases, their personal liberties.

SAFE-T stalled: cashless bail halted by Illinois Supreme Court, ruling not expected until Spring

Erik Uebelacker, Editor in Chief January 8, 2023

Illinois was slated to become the first state in the country to entirely eliminate cash bail, with the Pretrial Fairness Act set to take effect on Jan. 1. But on Dec. 31, just hours before the law would...

Gov. J.B. Pritzker said he is in support of the SAFE-T act, a law that features sweeping criminal justice reform and ending the cash bail in Illinois on Jan. 1, 2023. Proponents of the law say this law will help end systemic racism in the criminal justice system in Illinois. There is a large of response to this act as a result of propaganda from political groups.

SAFE-T slander: Misinformation surrounds Illinois’ new criminal justice reform law

Patrick Sloan-Turner and Erik Uebelacker September 25, 2022

Governor J.B. Pritzker signed the highly publicized SAFE-T Act into law last year. In recent weeks, the act has been the subject of countless headlines and a major talking point amongst Illinois politicians,...

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