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Major changes to criminal procedure and law will take effect on January 1, 2023

Brian L. Polinske
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The Illinois SAFE T act will take effect on January 1, 2023.  Many changes to the way bond and other criminal procedure issues will occur.  The main changes are:

1.  Cash bail is abolished.  This means that only the most serious cases will require cash bail.  There will still be a risk assessment.  A new addition is that all persons held on a warrant for a new charge must have a hearing with counsel within a short period of time.  This will result in Saturday hearings for persons in jail.  Persons who fail to appear in court after being released on recognizance will have a petition for rule to show cause issued - not an arrest warrant. 

2.  Police will have to wear body cams. 

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