Supreme Court taskforce attempts to answer questions before SAFE-T Act enforcement

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Published: Sep. 16, 2022 at 4:45 PM CDT
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(25 News Now) - There are many questions lawmakers and litigators are trying to have answered before the SAFE-T Act goes live January 1 in Illinois.

An Illinois Supreme Court pretrial task force held the first of several town hall meetings to try and get answers.

The biggest question is how judges and state attorneys will determine which individuals are held in jail before trial and which aren’t.

“What will be done to ensure the new tool does not over recommend detention?” asked retired 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Robbin Stuckert. “Considering the studies found 99 percent of people marked high risk do not get arrested for new violent offenses.”

To help in making those decisions, research-based assessment tools are being developed.

The Center For Effective Public Policy is answering questions at the next town hall meeting at noon on September 29.