Wright Optimistic That Changes To SAFE-T Act Can Be Made Before January 1

Sangamon County’s top prosecutor says he’s in favor of the state law that will end cash bail on January 1st… but says other parts of the law relating to when criminal suspects can be detained before trial are problematic, and he hopes they can be fixed before the law takes effect.
Appearing live on WMAY, State’s Attorney Dan Wright says people shouldn’t be kept behind bars just because they lack the money to post bail. But he says the language of the SAFE-T Act and Pretrial Fairness Act will make it more difficult to detain potentially dangerous suspects charged with crimes ranging from battery to kidnaping to arson. Wright says he’s optimistic that changes to the law can be made to address those concerns before the new provisions are implemented on New Year’s Day.
[Hear the full interview with Wright and read his full statement below.]


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