A law passed by Illinois Democrats is about to take effect that is expected to do more good for criminals than for the state’s law-abiding population.
The act is known as the Safety, Accountability, Fairness, and Equity-Today, or SAFE-T Act. The name certainly sounds good, but the substance of the act, as we will see, is anything but.
The act eliminates cash bail for many crimes, it stops police from removing trespassers from private property, it stops the police for 48 hours from pursuing ankle-bracelet-wearing criminals who fail to show up at court, and more.
Illinois’s legislature passed the SAFE-T Act in January, which is scheduled to take effect at the beginning of 2023.
It’s so “dangerous”
Orland Park Mayor Keith Pekau, who is running for Congress, recently blasted the SAFE-T Act.
“I can’t even begin to tell you how dangerous this act is,” he began. “First, it was passed in the middle of the night with 40 minutes to read an 800-page bill, which is unacceptable.”
As of January 1, 2023, the following things will go into effect, people need to be aware of this: It abolishes cash bail for almost every offense, this includes but isn’t limited to kidnapping, armed robbery, 2nd degree murder, drug-induced homicide, aggravated DUI, threatening a public official, and aggravated fleeing and eluding. Offenders released on electronic monitoring have to be in violation for 48 hours before law enforcement can act. They could almost drive to Alaska before we can even look for them.
It denies victims their consitutional rights. And keep this in mind businesses and homeowners, officers will no longer be able to remove trespassers from your residence or your businesses. Someone can decide to live in your shed, and all we can do is give them a ticket. You have to decide what level of force is required to remove them and whther or not it is legal.
Pekau, accordingly, referred to the measure as a “massive threat to the residents of Orland Park, Cooke County, and Illinois.” He also called out those Illinois Democrats who voted for the measure, saying, they “all voted for criminals ahead of the safety of law-abiding citizens and police.”
Finally, Pekau concluded by “demanding the repeal of the Orwellian named SAFE-T Act.”
The bad news for the people of Illinois is that the SAFE-T Act isn’t going anywhere except into effect, as Democrats, including Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D), continue to stand behind the act.
To provide some perspective, this year alone, Chicago has seen over 2,500 shootings and over 1,100 carjackings.
It seems inevitable that the so-called SAFE-T Act will just be another Democrat law that will make the surging crime problem even worse.