Being a threat to your community is no longer a factor in determining if a criminal should be detained. The legislature specifically eliminated it.
September 19, 2022 – On Friday evening, Illinois Attorney General candidate Tom Devore joined a panel on Newsmax to discuss Governor Pritzker’s attempt to gaslight the public on Illinois’ anti-police, pro-crime bill set to go into effect in January.
Responding to a clip of the IL Governor claiming that the SAFE-T Act was, “designed to keep murders, domestic abusers, violent criminals in jail,” Devore said:
The Governor is deflecting, of course. What he misses is that there’s a laundry list of violent crimes they left out when they passed this law.
There are 7 enumerated bases for which you can detain someone. And, if a crime doesn’t fit within those 7, it’s ‘non-detainable’ [under the SAFE-T Act]. This means an alleged perpetrator of any other crime has to be set free. And the judge will never see them to determine whether or not they should be held. The perpetrator would never go in front of the judge because the legislature has said [by passing the SAFE-T Act]: ‘We’ve already determined that’s not the type of crime for which someone should be detained.’
Devore went on to say of the law:
Another thing that doesn’t get talked about enough is that assuming that someone has committed a crime AND it does fit a category of potential detention, the judge still has to have a hearing within 48 hours and determine:
- That they likely committed the crime, and
- That they are a specific threat to an identifiable person, not to the community. The Illinois State legislation took that language out of the law.
Being a threat to your community is no longer a factor in determining if a criminal should be detained. The legislature specifically eliminated it. It’s now solely: “Are they a threat to a specific person?”
So the question that State’s Attorneys must answer is: “If someone committed first-degree murder, which is otherwise a detainable offense, who are they a threat to now that their victim is gone?”
There are all kinds of problems with this bill.
When you push a law like this through in 3 days … this “Grand Reform” of Governor Pritzker’s was crammed through the legislature in 3 days. No wonder they’re having all the problems they’re having with it.