Gov. Pritzker signs criminal justice reform bill that will end cash bail by 2023

Illinois

CHICAGO Governor JB Pritzker signed a historic criminal justice reform bill Monday that would will cash bail statewide by 2023.

The bill, H.B. 3653, was passed in the final days of the lame-duck session last month by the General Assembly and aims to address police accountability and inequities in law enforcement.

The legislation was authored by the Black Caucus and also acts to require police body cameras by 2025 and expand police training and instances in which officers can be stripped of certification.

The bill also expands new procedures for no-knock warrants and offers suspects who are arrested three phone calls instead of one.

Police unions and other law enforcement organizations have urged Pritzker to veto the bill, saying it would give crime suspects more advantages than police.

Many provisions will take effect on July 1, while others will be phased in over the next four years.

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