A new report shows that major crime in Chicago is up almost 60% over 2019, a post-COVID record.
While those number are concerning, it even more troubling to contemplate how much worse it may get in 2024 as the legal system continues to align with Illinois’ SAFE-T Act implemented two months ago.
The Gateway Pundit reported that Illinois became the first state in the U.S. to entirely eliminate the cash bail system.
Democrat Gov. JB Pritzker signed HB 3653 THE SAFE-T (Safety, Accountability, Fairness, and Equity- Today) ACT into law saying, “Transforming the pretrial detention system so low-income people aren’t thrown behind bars while only the wealthy walk free, diverting low-level drug crimes into substance-treatment programs and reducing excessive stays in prison.”
The result is the release, on no bail, of those awaiting a court date accused of certain felonies including, “second-degree murder, aggravated battery, and arson without bail, as well as drug-induced homicide, kidnapping, burglary, robbery, intimidation, aggravated DUI, aggravated fleeing and eluding, drug offenses and threatening a public official.”
The elimination of cash bail was set to go into effect on Sunday, January 1, 2023, but the state’s highest court halted the reform, delaying implementation until September 18, 2023.
Wire Points reports:
Chicagoans will be victims of nearly 80,000 major crimes in 2023. That’s about 29,000 more crimes than in 2019 – an increase of nearly 60 percent. And it’s an 18 percent increase over last year.
The Gateway Pundit