Get Out of Jail Almost Free Proposed by Pritzker

From the JB Pritzker Administration:

Gov. Pritzker, Lt. Gov. Stratton Announce Key Criminal Justice Reform Priorities

Building on First-Year Successes, Sights Set on Ending Cash Bail, Reforming Low-Level Drug Crime Sentencing, Reducing Mandatory Minimum Sentences

Chicago – Building on the success of their first-year legislative agenda, Governor JB Pritzker and Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton announced three key priorities to reform Illinois’ criminal justice system over the coming years during a fireside chat at Kennedy King College in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood.

The Governor and Lieutenant Governor spoke about the need to

  • end the cash bail system
  • reform low-level drug crime sentences while focusing on substance abuse treatment programs, and
  • reduce excessive prison sentences with good time credit and increased opportunities for supervised release.
End of cash bail.

Altogether, these reforms will have a lasting impact that will improve public safety while improving health outcomes in communities that have been disproportionally impacted.

“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.”

“Our work around justice reform must be done through the lens of equity and opportunity,” said Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton. “As we move forward, Governor Pritzker and I will work to expand opportunities so fewer people in our state enter the criminal justice system in the first place.”

On January 1, 2020, the Justice, Equity and Opportunity Initiative — spearheaded by Lt. Gov. Stratton — submitted its annual report to the governor. In the report, the JEO highlighted its efforts from the past year to conduct listening sessions with over 500 stakeholders who represent community organizations, advocacy groups, law enforcement, state agencies and legislators from across the state.

In 2020, the JEO will work on addressing the social determinants of crime and incarceration, improving equitable deflection and diversion opportunities from the justice system, improving conditions and addressing the needs of vulnerable populations in correctional facilities and supporting positive reentry outcomes to reduce recidivism.
The full report is attached.

The Justice, Equity and Opportunity Initiative was established by Gov. Pritzker last February through Executive Order 19-3.

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Meanwhile in New York, according to Legal Insurrection:


Get Out of Jail Almost Free Proposed by Pritzker — 8 Comments

  1. Which on this listing should we “let out of jail for free” Governor?

    …local county jail detainees listing by date.

    Scroll to find the best for eligibility to walk out. You get to choose.

    Where does this bunch get these ideas?

    Same ones who mourn when our President takes out a Terrorist who killed Americans.

    Stay Safe folks, People like Pritzker and his supporters wont with these ideas.

    Plus dont forget, in our County, the Jail is a Revenue producer for every illegal detainee they hold for the Feds they pay a daily fee to the County, so I’m sure Pritzker is looking to end that cash cow too.

    There goes our Property Taxes again.

  2. What about Jussie?

    A Cook County judge has ordered Google to turn over Jussie Smollett’s emails, photos, location data and private messages for an entire year as part of the special prosecutor’s investigation into the purported attack on the actor.

    Two sweeping search warrants, obtained by the Chicago Tribune, provide the first public glimpse at the direction of the probe by special prosecutor Dan Webb more than four months into the investigation.

    The warrants, filed last month in Circuit Court, sought a trove of documentation from Smollett and his manager’s Google accounts — not just emails but also drafted and deleted messages; any files in their Google Drive cloud storage services; any Google Voice texts, calls and contacts; search and web browsing history; and location data.

    Investigators sought a full year’s data — from November 2018 to November 2019 — even though the key events in the controversy took place between late January and late March 2019. Authorities could be looking for any incriminating remarks from Smollett or his manager, especially in the months after State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s office abruptly dismissed disorderly conduct charges against the then-“Empire” actor just weeks after his indictment. Smollett, who is African American and openly gay, has declared the dismissal a vindication of his claims that he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack.

  3. Why should we premise the ability to get out of jail on how much money you have?

    Why should rich people be able to post bail for the same alleged crimes that poor people cannot?

    The system doesn’t make any sense, and Pritzker is absolutely right to want to end it.

  4. That Monopoly ‘Get Out of Jail Card’ is the perfect Campaign Slogan for anyone running against Patrick Kenneally.

    Just replace him as the figure with the boot buried knee deep inhis incompetent rear end.

  5. Pritzker Admin says:

    “Altogether, these reforms will have a lasting impact that will improve public safety while improving health outcomes in communities that have been disproportionally impacted.”

    What does dis-proportionally impacted mean? Such as the Chicago Gold coast or N Michigan ave where well-off people live and shop BUT have seen a tremendous amount of robberies, burglaries, muggings by thugs?

  6. Mr. Lopez, you made me inhale my breakfast coffee with that post! Y

    ou are so right!!!!!!!

    The corruption in the County Courthouse is staggering.

  7. How in hell is this a true statement:

    “these reforms will have a lasting impact that will improve public safety while improving health outcomes in communities that have been disproportionally impacted”

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