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Introduction to the Pre-Trial Fairness Act

Course Description
On February 22, 2021, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker signed into law the Pre-Trial Fairness Act. The new law will abolish the use of cash bail in pretrial release decisions and goes into effect on January 1, 2023. This bill will also establish new processes for pretrial release and detention decisions, creates a state-wide system of pre-trial data collection, allows for citations in lieu of arrest, and other changes. This will be the first course in a series that will overview the work that the Illinois Supreme Court Pretrial Implementation Task Force is undertaking as Illinois moves toward the elimination of cash bail and other significant pretrial reforms. In addition, the faculty will also discuss the road to implementation.

Credit hour: 1.0

Learning Objective(s):
As a result of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Summarize the high-level changes brought about by the Pre-Trial Fairness Act
  • Identify the key issues that have come before the Taskforce and have an opportunity to provide feedback to the Taskforce