Illinois groups against cash bond and pretrial detention rallied in Springfield last weekend to call for reform of pretrial practices.  

Margaret Tucker, of Springfield, joined several dozen advocates on a march to the Sangamon County Jail to share her family’s experience with the pretrial system. She said her son spent two years in jail in the 90s because her family could not afford to pay his bond. 

Rauner Signs Bill Reforming Bail Procedure

Jun 12, 2017

A new law in Illinois will make it easier for lower-income individuals charged with violations to be released while awaiting trial.

The bill was signed Friday by Gov. Bruce Rauner and took effect immediately.

Until now, bail in Illinois often came down to money. An accused person who had it could be released while waiting for a court date. But those without funds would spend that time locked up. Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx said people should only be in jail if they’re dangerous or a flight risk.