In the midst of a heated election season a huge piece of legislation is causing a lot of controversy in Illinois.
The legislation covers everything from police use of force to equipping officers with body cameras. However, it’s a portion of the legislation that will eliminate cash bond on Jan. 1 that’s getting the most attention.
The SAFE-T Act, short for Safety, Accountability, Fairness and Equity-Today Act, shifts the burden to prosecutors to prove by “clear and convincing evidence” that a defendant “poses a real and present threat to the safety of a specific, identifiable person or persons.”
WGN News invited two top prosecutors who belong to the same political party but have vastly different views of the SAFE-T Act for a discussion. Kane County State’s Attorney Jamie Mosser and Lake County State’s Attorney Eric Rinehart joined the WGN Evening News Tuesday.
You can watch the previous interview with republican DuPage County State’s Attorney Bob Berlin here.