The judges will decide whether the accused should remain in custody until the trial begins, depending on whether they will certainly return to participate in it.
Illinois became the first of the American states where it was decided to cancel the practice of paying money as a condition for release on bail before the start of the trial. This is stated in an article published in The New York Times.
Under the new rules, courts in the state will not set any amount of bail for people waiting to start proceedings. The judges will decide whether the accused should remain in custody until the trial begins, depending on whether they will certainly return to participate. Also, it will take into account the danger to society that the release of these persons may pose.
As the newspaper notes, the practice of paying bail funds will be completely abolished in Illinois in January 2023. The new rules are part of a package of measures designed to make the state’s justice system fairer. The corresponding law was signed by the Governor of Illinois, Jay Robert Pritzker.
A group of local lawmakers had been pushing for a bail waiver for about five years. They stressed that this practice is unfair to the poor and members of racial minorities, who are often in a deliberately less favorable financial situation than white Americans.
According to the new law, police officers in the state will always have to wear breast cameras on duty, according to the newspaper. Other measures are also envisaged to ensure police accountability.
As stated in the publication, in recent years, New York, New Jersey, and California have taken measures to reduce the number of cases in which bail is required. However, it has been completely decided to abandon this practice so far only in Illinois.