Pritzker Outlines Proposals to Improve Criminal Justice System

Pritzker Outlines Proposals to Improve Criminal Justice System

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker outlined proposals Tuesday for improving the criminal justice system in Illinois.

The proposals, stemming from a commission headed by Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton at work since January, include eliminating cash bail and determining detention based on a defendant’s threat to public safety.

Another plan would provide more health care and mental health treatment to divert low-level drug offenders from prison. Additionally, long prison sentences would be shorted by beefed-up rehabilitation programs.

Pritzker credited the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus with advancing the agenda for several years. The legislature returns in November.

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