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Pritzker Wants to End Cash Bonds, Mandatory Minimum Prison Sentences

Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced a pair of ambitious criminal justice reform goals Thursday: the end of cash bonds and mandatory minimum sentences in Illinois.

Pritzker says it's part of "prudently" reducing the state's 40,000 inmate prison population.

He acknowledges it will likely take several years to implement, but says ending cash bonds is a priority.

There's work to be done to try to find a solution for ending cash bail, but it will, in my opinion, during our administration, we will have made enormous strides," he said. "And I believe we will end cash bail during this adminstration." 

Pritzker made the announcements during a fireside chat with Lieutenant Governor Julianna Stratton on the Justice, Equity and Opportunity Initiative in Chicago.

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Tim Shelley is the News Director at WCBU Peoria Public Radio.