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A Criminal-Justice Fantasy Meets the Reality

Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s explanation of how the SAFE-T Act (“Illinois’s No-Bail Criminal Experiment,” Review & Outlook, Dec. 13) solves the “problem” of the single mother shoplifting diapers and then languishing in jail for months because she can’t afford a few hundred dollars bail is a bit rich. As a criminal-defense attorney who has practiced for almost 25 years in and around Cook County courts, I can assure the governor that this person he is trying to save doesn’t exist. For starters, his fictional character would have to steal more diapers than she could carry to even reach the statutory felony… Read More