Illinois is the first state to remove the bail
Updated at 9:35 p.m. ET
Illinois governor JB Pritzker signed a bill on Monday making Illinois the first state in the country to suspend bail payments for the release of people who have been arrested and waiting for their cases to be heard.
The practice has long been controversial with proponents of criminal justice reform calling bail a “poor people’s tax” disproportionately negative impact to people with color. It leaves those who can’t get in jail with the money for weeks or more, or even accept plea agreements to get out.
The Illinois Pre-Trial Fairness Act, as it is known, is part of Illinois House Bill 3653, a comprehensive package of criminal justice …