Pritzker Signs Historic Bill Overhauling Criminal Justice System

Pritzker Signs Historic Bill Overhauling Criminal Justice System

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois’ Democratic governor has signed into law a sweeping overhaul of policing and criminal justice.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a law Monday that eliminates the cash bail system, requires police agencies to equip officers with body cameras and sets stricter rules for use of force by law enforcement.

The Illinois Legislative Black Caucus designed the measure, hailing it as a historic response to the deaths last year of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Breonna Taylor in Louisville, KY.

Opponents argue that it will hamstring police and discourage talented people from joining law enforcement. Groups are already calling for the legislature to bring about changes to the overhaul measure.

The Illinois Municipal League suggested delaying some provisions and repealing others. State Sen. John Curran said lawmakers need to clean up aspects of the bill he said will bring about unintended consequences and make communities less safe.

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