The controversial and divisive criminal justice reform bill, HB3653, is now on Pritzker’s desk awaiting his signature. The legislation, promoted by supporters as a reform measure, makes significant changes to the state’s criminal justice system.
The legislation was filed and called for a vote in the early morning hours of the recent lame-duck legislative session. Police departments, prosecutors, and victims’ advocates have been sounding the alarm over the dangers that the bill would pose to public safety. If signed into law, HB3653 would create new unfunded mandates on police departments, potentially requiring departments to either cut back or for property taxes to increase to cover the costs. The legislation would also make it harder for police to make arrests and to keep violent offenders behind bars while they await trial.
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