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A message from the Kankakee County Sheriff

September 14, 2022

The attached is that of those new arrests in Kankakee County scheduled to go to bond court today at 1:30pm…

Effective January 1, 2023, every name on this list would be released without having to post bond due to the passage of HB 3653 which includes the elimination of Cash Bonds. Please understand, this is due to our current Governor, and the legislators who voted yes to pass HB 3653. It is not the fault of judges, prosecutors or police.

This means that all 102 counties in Illinois will no longer receive the 10% of bonds posted to help operate the judicial systems. Instead, because of the passage of HB 3653, in Kankakee County, law abiding taxpaying citizens will now be footing the bill for most of our criminal justice system. Similarly, law abiding taxpaying citizens all across Illinois will be paying for their respective criminal justice systems as well.

After January 1, 2023, those who break our laws in the State of Illinois, will not be held accountable for their actions. Our communities will become even less safe.

The legislators who voted yes to pass HB 3653 (the one that was voted on at 4:00a.m. in the lame duck session that no one had time to read because it’s almost 800 pages) have defunded the police without calling it “defund the police.”

The elimination of Cash Bail has been tried in other states and it is a disaster.

It is imperative to contact not only your legislator but legislators across the state and demand to repeal this part of HB 3653 (The Elimination of Cash Bail).

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