The end of cash bail has arrived
September 20, 2023
By JERRY NOWICKI
& HANNAH MEISEL
Capitol News Illinois
Beginning Monday, state courts in Illinois will be prohibited from jailing individuals who are accused – but not convicted – of crimes simply because they cannot afford to post bail while they await trial.
Monetary bond will be abolished in favor of a system that seeks to give judges authority to detain defendants accused of committing violent crimes based on their level of risk to the community or of willful flight from prosecution.
The new system will require more robust hearings when someone's...