JACKSONVILLE – State Representative C.D. Davidsmeyer (R-Murrayville) released the following statement on the Illinois Supreme Court decision announced this morning:
“The Illinois Supreme Court ruled on the misnamed SAFE-T Act today. As you look at the majority opinion, you will notice their priorities as they put the CRIMINAL first and the victims last. You will also note that the dissenting opinion focused on caring for victims and the Crime Victims Bill of Rights. Bail is for the protection of the public and takes into account an individual’s ability to pay. While they ignore the Victims Bill of Rights, the Illinois Supreme Court has created the CRIMINALS Bill of Rights.”
The ruling gives trial courts 60 days to prepare for the new rules, with cash bail to be eliminated on September 18, 2023. On that date, bail will no longer be a factor in whether someone is released from jail while awaiting trial.
The full text of this ruling may be found HERE.