LAKE COUNTY, Ill. — The Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office submitted more than 130 applications to keep suspects in custody before the state abolishes cash bail starting in 2019. If approved by a judge, the petitions, according to the office, would prevent any individuals accused of murder, a sex crime, or felony domestic abuse from being freed from custody while awaiting trial.
Officials said that they will keep submitting new petitions for persons accused of severe charges such as home invasion, attempted murder, armed robbery, misdemeanor domestic assault, and possession of a firearm or ammunition. The office filed petitions against 51 felony domestic abuse defendants, 35 prisoners accused of sex crimes, and 46 murder defendants now detained in the Lake County Jail.
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During the brief veto session, the Democratic majority in Springfield is attempting to make changes to the measure. Additional petitions will be submitted, according to the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office, based on any potential modifications made during the current legislative veto session. The governor stated, “We shouldn’t be throwing open the doors on January 1 with the disinformation that’s been put out there as the motivation of that. “Let’s correct that,”
Authorities in Lake County anticipate seven to eight detention hearings per day for any arrests that take place after January 1. “Safety should be a priority for everyone in Lake County’s neighborhoods. No matter how much cash is in a violent offender’s wallet, the SAFE-T Act will keep them in detention. We are providing the court plenty of time to schedule hearings on the present jail inmates by filing our petitions now.
In order to take preemptive measures before January 1, 2023, we are engaging with our other judicial partners and adhering to the advice of the Task Force of the Illinois Supreme Court. These actions will keep dangerous offenders in jail, where they belong, making Lake County safer. Eric Rinehart, the state’s attorney for Lake County, said.
Although New Jersey’s own cash bail system was mostly scrapped under previous Republican Governor Chris Christie, Illinois will be the first state in the nation to do so entirely. Smaller-scale modifications to the bail system have been made across the nation, notably in the Texas county that includes Houston.