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The SAFE-T act, which was approved by the Illinois General Assembly last year, aims to make "significant changes" to various aspects of the judicial system, including policies governing police training and transparency in law enforcement.
The following are some changes that will be made under the SAFE-T act:
- All police personnel must wear body cams by 2025
- Elimination of financial bail
- A prohibition on police departments purchasing military hardware
- New rules for the "decertification" of police officers and a ban on all police chokeholds
- An end to license suspensions due to unpaid fees
- An increase in whistleblower protection
- The provision of rights for detainees to make phone calls and access their contacts before a police interrogation
Governor of Illinois, J.B. Pritzker
The SAFE-T Act's features that allow courts to determine whether someone accused of a specific crime poses a risk to another person or the larger community are the main reason why people compare it to The Purge film.
One social media user commented, "It's a bill that brings the Purge directly to the streets of the entire state of Illinois. It's shameful."
Another wrote, "Get out of Illinois. It is way too dangerous to live or work there. The state legislature and Governor are insane to have passed this."
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The bill itself states that "Detention only shall be imposed when it is determined that the defendant poses a specific, real and present threat to a person, or has a high likelihood of wilful flight."
The passage of the SAFE-T act sparked worries among many members of the law enforcement community who fear that it may aggravate crime in Illinois because suspects of various crimes will become eligible for bail if prosecutors fail to present "clear and convincing evidence" that they are a threat to society.