Illinois Becomes The First State To Pass “The Purge” Law

A bill is being passed in Illinois that some believe will go down in history. Illinois wants to be the first state in America to do away with cash bail. Many others also worry that the state would end up like the setting of the horror film “The Purge” as a result of such a law being passed. In the movie, people had a full day to commit any crimes they desired.
The “SAFE-T” Act will go into effect in the state of Illinois on January 1st, 2023. The entire cash bail system will be abolished as a result of this action. SAFE-T stands for “Safety, Accountability, Fairness, and Equity-Today,” according to its acronym. The act’s proponents believe it will lessen arrests and limit the number of people sentenced depending on the offense.


Non-Detainable Offenses

The proposed law will abolish monetary bail for 12 non-detainable crimes. Second-degree murder, arson, drug-induced homicide, robbery, abduction, aggravated battery, burglary, intimidation, aggravated driving while intoxicated, fleeing and eluding, drug offenses, and threatening a public officer are all prohibited under the legislation.
“A rise in violent crime worries me greatly. However, I want to emphasize once more that there is still time to rectify it. And just as we have been doing for the past 15 months, the state’s attorneys are working very hard to change this law. According to state’s attorney Robert Berlin, “it is quite fixable, where we can still abolish cash bail but make sure the appropriate folks are in custody and everyone else who’s not a danger goes out.”
For the offences mentioned above, the Safe-T Act would permit criminals a pre-trial parole. And if the prosecution is unable to provide “clear and convincing proof” that the claimed threat may be directed at a particular person. Unfortunately, the Safe-T Act’s effects have an impact on how quickly criminals who have been arrested must be dealt with. because the accused person’s release could only be decided by prosecutors after 48 hours. 48 hours, in the opinion of the investigators, is insufficient time to gather important evidence from security cameras, laboratory work, and forensic investigation.


Reason For SAFE-T Act

Let’s examine how this law came to be, debatable though it may be. Many Americans have argued for the elimination of the cash bail system for many years. Three of every five individuals incarcerated have never been found guilty of a crime. Due to the lack of serious investigation and analysis, that equates to around 500,000 people wasting away in jail cells before there is even a trial.
Most people detained can’t afford the bond and spend weeks or even months in custody while awaiting trial, according to the Center for American Progress, which argues that the cash bail system used by the majority of US counties “criminalizes poverty.” Communities of color, who already face unfair odds across the nation, are primarily impacted by this system.
Because of this, the institute claimed that “studies suggest that pretrial detention can actually enhance a person’s likelihood of rearrest upon release, continuing an endless cycle of arrest and incarceration.”


By: Miss Cherry May Timbol – Independent Reporter

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