Pritzker signs criminal justice reform bill

Photo Gov. J.B. Pritzker

SPRINGFIELD  – Gov. JB Pritzker has signed a controversial criminal justice reform bill. House Bill 3653, which is over 700 pages in length, will eliminate cash bail in Illinois. It will let criminal offenders be set free without waiting in jail for their court date if they cannot afford bail. A judge would issue pre-trial release conditions for Illinois offenders. In addition, the bill would mandate the use of police body cameras for all officers and limit the use of force, among other changes.