Gov. Pritzker Signs Criminal Justice Reform Bill Into Law

Gov. JB Pritzker signed a new criminal justice reform bill into law on Monday.

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IRIKA SARGENT Criminal justice reform is now a reality in Illinois.


Governor JB Pritzker signed the bill into law this afternoon. He says the law starts breaking down the racism baked into our justice system.

The measure abolishes cash bail. That means if a judge thinks a defendant doesn't need to be locked up, they can go free without paying it it.

Also requires all police officers to use body cameras and increases police accountability by making departments keep misconduct records permanently.

JULIANA STRATTON: It's past time to begin repairing the disproportionate harm that's been done to Black communities by the criminal justice system, that for far too many has brought anything but justice.

IRIKA SARGENT The Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police is against the new law, saying some of the language is, quote, "ambiguous and conflicting."

Our team just wrapped up a year-long investigation into just how effective the body camera program is with police in Chicago. To review our findings and see our interactive map showing bodycam use in your neighborhood, look for the headline "Left in the Dark" in the Investigator section of our CBS Chicago app.