Democrats End to Cash Bail Will Cost Counties Big Money

And that needed cash will not be reimbursed by State government, of course.

From State Senator Don DeWitte:

The elimination of cash bail, a key component of the SAFE-T Act officially takes effect today, September 18.

Among other things, the SAFE T Act creates a standard that all defendants are presumed eligible for pretrial release.

State’s Attorneys must petition the court to even start the process of trying to hold a defendant behind bars pending trial. It also completely eliminates a judge’s ability to require a defendant to post cash bail as a condition of pre-trial release.

Based on bond (cash bail) payments from 2021, the counties within the 33rd Senate District, Kane, McHenry, and DuPage, will lose roughly $12.6 million when cash bonds are not collected. Here is the amount of cash bond that was paid by county in 2021:

  • Kane: $4,663,661
  • McHenry: $2,263,646
  • DuPage: $5,714,393

This loss of bond revenue does not fully reflect how much the SAFE-T will cost counties, as other factors also play into that, such as hiring more staff and judges to fulfill the 48-hour hold/release hearing requirement.

When the SAFE-T Act was approved on the final day of the 2021 lame-duck session, those who supported it (I opposed it) completely ignored the financial hit on local court systems that are now going to have to make up that revenue on their own. Leaving a gap in funding for local courts and critical victims’ services could soon force counties to reduce services, raise taxes, or both.

Lawmakers must address this issue during the upcoming fall veto session to make sure Illinois’ local court systems have the financial resources they need and that victims can continue to receive the support they deserve. Transferring that financial burden to taxpayers is unacceptable.

As “no cash bail” provisions of the law take effect statewide, Illinois becomes the first state in the nation to do away with the system completely.

There have already been three “fix-up” trailer bills to the SAFE-T Act, and I have no doubt there will be additional trailer bills as unintended consequences are realized.


Democrats End to Cash Bail Will Cost Counties Big Money — 13 Comments

  1. Oh, is that why we created the court system? As just a way to extract money in exchange for autonomy from those awaiting trial? Just another example of the DemonSocialistCrats deploying their business destroying tactics on a money making institution. Skanks, who are also vile and disgusting.

  2. So, Don what you are saying is the court systems is a revenue based institution. Is that what the morons here are always arguing against, revenue generating government.

  3. I think what he’s saying, is it’s Illinois and your not meant to have nice things.

  4. Don DeWitte writes upon a premise that is severely flawed. Bond is not kept by the county as an amount to use. it is not revenue. The bond is HELD until after trial. Bond is returned OR fine taken from bond held at trial. Also bond posted is only 10% of the bond amount set. . Only if there is a failure to appear is a person on the hook for the entire amount, but that never happens. When a judge orders a bond forfeiture, only that amount posted is subject to forfeiture. That said only the 10% is forfeited. Theoretically, the court COULD order the entire amount.

    Don DeWitte assumes the money collected becomes an asset.

    I feel the elimination of bond was foolhardy because it was a tool to slow arrestees from being able to reoffend. Thereby protecting the public. The only money kept is a jail booking fee that is non refundable and is a minuscule amount.

    Most minor offenses have long been subject to NTA (notice to appear) avoiding a trip to jail.

  5. Yes, Pokorny, Don is OK with it.

    I am not.

    I can’t speak for other “morons” on this blog including you.

    Are you OK with it?

    You have argued that government using fines to generate revenue is OK.

    Should people assume you are a Republican then?

    Should we assume you agree with Don DeWitte?

  6. I was against ending bail bonds earlier, but now I see the logic.

    When arrested, you are either held or released with conditions. To hold you, prosecutors must file a request with the court within 48 hours. (This will incur administrative expenses.)

    If the court agrees to hold you, you can’t bond out.

    These links show an explanation, and a story about a man who paid $35,000 to bond out, and was re-arrested:

  7. Bond was taken and supposed to be held for return when the defendant showed up for court.

    Then they found a way to keep 10% no matter what.

    Now they will not lose money, they just won’t be able to misappropriate YOUR money.

    Time to start cutting the court and jail personnel by at least 20% because they won’t be needed any more.

    Save the taxpayers money is the least you can do while we are being raped and pillaged by the people Jumbo Boy is letting out.

  8. Nobody wants to think about the crimes that will be obviated by having wild negro thugs jailed awaiting trial.

    Of course a few thug whites will benefit from the bail elimination too, but even though blacks males under 35 are only something like 2.2 % of the IL population, they are 67% of violent criminals!

  9. Stormy D, spread your retarded news at Cottage Grove & Stony Island or The Austin Community in Chiraq.

    Then come back and tells us what you learned from the troglodytes!

  10. StormyD

    No they don’t and never have kept the 10%.

    10% is all that needs to be posted.

    Read the Illinois Compiled Statutes and bond amounts were specifically set.

    A Class A misdemeanor was $1000 of which $100 got you out the door.

    If a judge set a bond at $10,000. Then $1000 was needed.

    Felonies were required appearance before judge and the judge set the bond.

    Then 10% was required.

    Upon conviction, any fine or court cost is deducted from the 10%.

    If acquitted, the entire amount is returned.

    Court costs, fines deducted only apply if found guilty.

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