From McHenry County Sheriff Bill Prim:
Sheriff Prim’s Statement on Governor Signing HB 3653
Governor JB Pritzker signed the criminal justice reform legislation package into law.
The provisions of this new law contain sweeping changes to the Illinois criminal justice system that will have a measurable impact on law enforcement and the public.
This law passed through the legislature under the cover of darkness [literally, in the early morning hours], with no ability for additional insight.
Since January, we have had a team of our leadership and attorneys digesting this bill to fully understand its effects and implementations.
We are currently in compliance with many of the mandates and will continue to study this law to gain additional insight.
During my 38 years of service in law enforcement, I have never seen such a blatant move to obstruct an entire, honorable profession that will end up hurting law-abiding citizens the most.
I desire the passing of trailer bills that will provide clarity, direction, and will work to repair the consequences of this bill.
The Sheriff’s Office is committed to serving the people of McHenry County, preserving safety, and remaining within full compliance with the law.