Gov. Pritzker outlines criminal justice reform priorities

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CHICAGO (WEHT) – Governor J.B. Pritzker announced three key priorities to reform Illinois’ criminal justice system over the coming years.

The governor spoke about ending the cash bail system, reforming low-level drug sentences, and reducing excessive prison sentences.

“In Illinois today, we spend $1.4 billion a year to hold 40,000 individuals in an overcrowded prison system that has proven itself too expensive, too punitive and too ineffective at fulfilling its purpose: keeping Illinois families safe,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “Already, my administration has taken action to shape a more just criminal justice system. But we can’t rest on our laurels. There is so much more work that needs to be done to ensure our state continues to be a beacon of justice for the nation.”

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(This story was originally published on January 9, 2020)

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