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Governor wants to end cash bail and mandatory minimum sentencing laws

Governor wants to end cash bail and mandatory minimum sentencing laws

Governor JB Pritzker is discussing some of the criminal justice reforms he’s like to see passed.

The goal is to reduce the Illinois prison population, which is at about 40,000 inmates.  Governor Pritzker says he’d like to see an end to cash bail in Illinois.

“The cost of putting people in jail and having them sit there because they don’t have the $200 or $500 for bail that’s a cost for taxpayers we ought to eliminate.

The Governor also wants to look at mandatory minimum sentencing laws.

“Also working on reducing or eliminating mandatory minimum sentences.  Giving judges more discretion to take into account the circumstances in each case.”

The State Legislature has already started hearings on proposed legislation and will hear the Governor’s State of the State message on January 29th.