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For 1st Time in History, Democrat-led State Abolishes Cash Bail

The scene in criminal court as cash bail ends in Illinois | via CBS Chicago

In a highly criticized and controversial move, Illinois has officially ended cash bail. The state is now the first to have done so, but has received significant pushback as a result.

The new law, named the Illinois Pretrial Fairness Act, was made possible after the state Supreme Court decided that ending cash bail was not to be deemed unconstitutional.

The outlet read:

“Defendants accused of a specific list of felonies and violent misdemeanors can still be detained ahead of trial, but the burden will be on the state to argue the defendant poses a flight risk or a danger to the community.”

“Cash bail has been decried as a ‘penalty on poverty,’ with opponents of the practice claiming it gives preferential treatment to wealthy people who can afford to ‘pay for their freedom,’ as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) put it after the state’s high court upheld the law.”

Cash bail officially ended in Illinois on Monday, with many now bracing for impact.

The change took place as crime has been surging in the Chicago area, and prosecutors are worried this will encourage accused criminals to simply continue committing crimes prior to court dates.

Signed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) last year, the law “will free from jail thousands of suspects accused of second-degree murder, kidnapping, burglary, robbery, and other violent crimes.”

The outlet informed, “A group of local law enforcement agencies sued to stop the law from taking effect, and a judge declared the law unconstitutional. That decision was appealed to the Supreme Court, which overturned it,”

Charlie Kirk, Turning Point USA Founder and CEO, posted about the state’s decision after the news came out.

“Criminals will run wild, and cops will have no tools to stop them,” he said.

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