State Sen. Robert Peters, D-Chicago, center, testifies before the Senate Executive Committee on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022, on his legislation to clarify the SAFE-T Act, a sweeping criminal justice overhaul that notably eliminates cash bail. Accompanying Peters are co-sponsors Sen. Elgie Sims, D-Chicago, left, and Sen. Scott Bennett, D-Champaign. The amendment to the law, which takes effect on Jan. 1, 2023, adds a number of forcible felonies to the list of crimes which qualify a defendant for pretrial detention, but Republicans still have concerns about it. John O’Connor / AP Photo
Illinois lawmakers have approved changes to the “SAFE-T” Act, a sweeping criminal justice reform bill that – among other things – ends cash bail on January 1st. Despite the revisions, there was still plenty of opposition in the General Assembly.
Editor’s note: This story has been updated to correct an error in the description of how police can handle burglary suspects.