When someone is charged with a murder, society benefits most by having that person locked away to keep the public safe.
A new Illinois state law tramples on common sense, putting the public in danger in what seems like a misguided attempt to combat systemic racism in the judicial system.
An Illinois law known as the Safety, Accountability, Fairness and Equity-Today Act (SAFE-T Act) will go into effect on January 1, 2023.
SAFE-T ends cash bail in Illinois and includes 12 non-detainable offenses such as second-degree murder, aggravated battery, and arson without bail, as well as drug-induced homicide, kidnapping, burglary, robbery, intimidation, aggravated DUI, aggravated fleeing and eluding, drug offenses and threatening a public official.
A new system will take its place that considers the severity of the crime, the risk of not appearing in court and the potential threat to the community – you know, exactly what bail is supposed to take care of.
Advocates say its the first step in dismantling the unfairness of systemic racism, but Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow called the act “the end of days” in a biting YouTube video that criticizes all that’s likely to go wrong with the new system.
Glasgow warns that he won’t be able to hold people beyond 90 days no matter what crime they commit. On day 91, they walk free – and Glasgow thinks the threat to the public is immense, warning that people in Illinois could find themselves facing a situation like Chicago where gun crime and murder is out of control.
Brown County State’s Attorney Mike Hill, Sheriff Justin Oliver, and Mount Sterling Police Chief Brandon Norris share his concerns, penning a statement that warns that the act will have, “disastrous consequences for the entire State of Illinois.” The statement continues in part, “Additionally, beginning January 1ST, 2023, judges will no longer be allowed to consider the person’s threat to the community. Serial domestic abusers, sex offenders, and residential burglars will be set free, without judges being allowed to consider public safety generally, UNLESS the prosecution can prove ‘by clear and convincing evidence’ that the accused poses ‘a real and present threat’ to a specific person AND no condition can mitigate the threat.”
The trio doesn’t want people to be afraid, but they do want the public to be informed and prepared.
So basically, Illinois is the new Wild West and may God have mercy on your soul.
This will not play out well. Scary world we live in when the purge might become some states reality.