ROMEOVILLE, Ill. — State Rep. Natalie Manley, D-Joliet, released the following statement Tuesday regarding the Illinois Supreme Court’s ruling upholding bail reform provisions in the SAFE-T Act.

“My colleagues and I in the House Public Safety Working Group put thousands of hours into refining and strengthening the SAFE-T Act to arrive at a final product that will make the justice system smarter and make communities safer. We also witnessed a tremendous campaign of misinformation surrounding this law, fueled by partisan special interests that simply wanted to scare people for their own political gain.

“Today, after a thorough review, the Illinois Supreme Court has upheld our work, putting smart policy ahead of political misinformation.

“This law empowers courts to make decisions based on a public safety assessment – not simply the defendant’s access to cash. That’s why domestic violence groups and crime survivor advocates supported this smart approach.

“Today’s ruling is a vindication of the ‘smart on crime’ approach I have prioritized. Now we need to put political games and partisan spin behind us and continue the work of implementing this important reform.”

Rep. Natalie ManleyRep. Natalie Manley


Assistant Majority Leader

98th District

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