From State Rep. Tom Bennett from the Pontiac area::
One year ago the General Assembly passed policing legislation which was opposed by virtually every law enforcement group in the state. I voted No because I believed the bill would make Illinois less safe.
This week another bill came up which was hyped as an improvement to the legislation passed last year, but it fell far short of the kinds of changes which last year’s bill needed.
One of the biggest problems with last year’s bill was that it prohibited police from holding persons arrested and charged with serious violent offenses before trial.
This week’s legislation did nothing to change that glaring error.
Instead it focused primarily on allowing detained individuals to make multiple unmonitored phone calls after arrest. This week’s bill did nothing to make Illinoisans safer or to fix the many flaws in last year’s legislation.
I voted No.
We need to do much more work on this issue.
Chicago Democratic Party State Senator Sara Feigenholtz also expressed frustration, according to CWB Chicago:
State Sen. Sara Feigenholtz (6th), who was a proud supporter of last year’s massive criminal justice reform bill, appeared to have a severe case of buyer’s remorse during the Zoom session.
“We are looking very closely to some of the reforms that we enacted,” Feigenholtz said. “It’s a big bill, and we’re gonna have to go back and make a lot of changes and remediate.”
“I don’t think that anybody bargained for repeat offenders and people who were in possession of a gun and accused of violent crime to be released on a [recognizance] bond,” she continued. […]
“We have a lot of work to do,” Feigenholtz said.