The SAFE-T Act, also known as the Safety, Accountability, Fairness, and Equity Today Act, is a comprehensive criminal justice reform bill that was signed into law by Governor J.B. Pritzker in Illinois. It includes several key provisions and reforms aimed at improving policing, pretrial detention and bail, sentencing, and corrections.
One major provision of the SAFE-T Act is the elimination of cash bail. This means that individuals accused of a crime will no longer be held in jail simply because they cannot afford to pay their bail. Instead, pretrial release provisions will be implemented to ensure that individuals are not detained solely based on their inability to pay.
The act also addresses policing by mandating that all police officers wear body cameras. This measure is aimed at increasing transparency and accountability in law enforcement agencies. Additionally, the SAFE-T Act bans the use of chokeholds by police officers to protect individuals from potential harm or injury.
In an effort to prevent the militarization of police departments, the SAFE-T Act prohibits the purchase of military equipment by law enforcement agencies. This is a critical step towards ensuring the safety and well-being of communities, as the use of military equipment by police has been a subject of concern and criticism.
Overall, the SAFE-T Act is a historic reform that aims to prioritize safety, accountability, fairness, and equity in the criminal justice system. It addresses key issues such as pretrial detention and monetary bail, police conduct, and the use of military equipment. By implementing these reforms, Illinois seeks to create a safer and more just society for all its residents.
The SAFE-T Act also provides for meaningful sentencing reform. The act seeks to reduce the number of individuals incarcerated for low-level offenses, instead providing non-prison alternatives such as probation and community service. Additionally, it eliminates mandatory minimum sentences for certain non-violent offenses, allowing judges more discretion in determining an appropriate sentence based on individual circumstances. This shift towards a system that emphasizes rehabilitation