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Criminal Nuggets


Jul 7, 2017

Episode 359 (Duration 20:21) Illinois has taken a crack at bail reform. Here are the dirty little details on the new Illinois Bail Reform Law. 

Illinois Bail Reform Law

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In This Episode

"Same old song." -- Anonymous Lawyer.

Let's take a closer look at the new Illinois bail reform law...

I think it's fair to say the goal was to empty the jails of a certain class offender, the so called, "class B" offenders.

Class B offenders are defined in the newly minted 725 ILCS 5/102-7.2.

The main prong of the law is covered in 725 ILCS 5/110-5(a-5). That's where they put the provision saying that there shall be a presumption that class B offenders get a "non-monetary" bail condition.

Section 725 ILCS 5/110-6(a-5) then describes this "automatic" hearing where detainees get an automatic bail-bond review to see why the heck they're still in jail.

And finally, they invented a $30 credit that can be applied towards any inmates "monetary bail" - whatever the heck that means. See 725 ILCS 5/110-14. 

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