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Monday, December 12, 2022

SAFE-T Act Amendments Signed into Law

The Safety, Accountability, Fairness, and Equity - Today Act, or the SAFE-T Act, is a comprehensive criminal justice reform that took effect on July 1, 2021. In the recent veto session, the Illinois General Assembly passed HB 1095 amending the SAFE-T Act, and that bill was signed into law by Governor Pritzker as PA 102-1104. 

The new Act clarifies various provisions of the SAFE-T Act and implements certain changes that impact municipalities. The bill is over 300 pages, so we have not included a complete summary of the changes, but we have summarized a few of the changes that may be of interest to our municipal clients below:

  • P.A. 102-1104 extends the deadline for implementing officer-worn body cameras to July 1, 2023 for municipalities with a population of more than 100,000 but less than 500,000, so long as the municipality has have ordered or purchased officer-worn body cameras by October 1, 2022. 
  • PA 102-1104 allows the Law Enforcement Camera Grant Fund to offset the cost of data storage for the body cameras. 
  • PA 102-1104 eliminated language from the SAFE-T Act that required body camera recordings used for the prosecution of conservation offenses, criminal offenses, traffic offenses, or municipal ordinance violations from having to record the offense and date the offender was charged, as well as the time, date, location, and precinct of the incident.
Other changes include an expansion of the list of crimes for which a judge can order pretrial detention, a supplement to the issues a judge can consider when determining if a defendant is a risk of willful flight from prosecution, and standardization of language regarding a defendant’s danger to the public safety.

Post Authored by Katie Nagy & Julie Tappendorf


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