Criminal Justice, Police Reform Major Topics of Focus for State Legislature

Criminal Justice, Police Reform Major Topics of Focus for State Legislature

SPRINGFIELD – Criminal justice and police reform were the big topics of the day in the Illinois legislature Saturday.

Supporters have said changes like ending cash bail, reducing officer collective bargaining rights and allowing anonymous complaints against officers are needed to address systematic racism and abuse of power.

But Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police President James Black said the proposal will destroy law enforcement’s ability to keep communities safe. He was critical of taking away qualified immunity for officers.

A house committee took up other reforms regarding criminal sentencing, and Attorney General Kwame Raoul is proposing a revamp of the state’s police certification process.

Just a few days remain of the lame-duck legislative session.

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