SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – One of Illinois’ most sweeping — and controversial — criminal justice statutes is set to be cleaned up again after it was both revered and vilified during the fall election campaign. This is the last chance for lawmakers to finalize details before much of the package goes into effect on January 1.

When lawmakers return to Springfield next week, discussions of the SAFE-T Act will focus on a key provision ending bail — the long-standing process that ensures defendants return to court if they are released before trial. Advocates say poor people are stuck in jail awaiting trial because they can’t post bail, but wealthy defendants can pay their way to pre-trial release.

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