CHICAGO – State Rep. Lakesia Collins, D-Chicago, issued the following statement following the Illinois Supreme Court decision to uphold the SAFE-T Act:
“Passing the SAFE-T Act was the culmination of years of effort from Illinois lawmakers to reform our court system, make communities safer by making the system smarter, and end the cash bail system that took such a terrible toll on Black and Brown communities. Illinois’ highest court has now solidified this state’s commitment to building a safer and more equitable future for all its citizens.
“I would like to thank the people who made the SAFE-T Act possible, including state Rep. Justin Slaughter, state Sen. Elgie Sims, the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus, my colleagues in the General Assembly who put their support behind this landmark legislation and the many stakeholders who helped shape the policy.
“The fight for equity is far from over, but this decision sends the message loud and clear: progress will not be slowed, despite lawsuits from those who continue to cling to a less safe, less just status quo.”