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.