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Illinois combats jail overcrowding with bail reform

from KWQC-TV

A new, comprehensive criminal justice reform law in Illinois aims to transform the bail process. Governor Bruce Rauner signed the bill on Friday, June 9. Rauner said overcrowding is a problem in many county jails, partly because low-level offenders cannot pay their bail. Because of that, they're forced to stay behind bars until their trial. “Our system must work equally for all our residents, in every community, regardless of their income," Rauner said. "We should be focused on putting people in jobs not jail.” more

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