By Ian Gargan
On January 1, 2023, the state of Illinois will allow an additional group of criminals access to the state’s existing cashless bail policy. The ironically named SAFE-T Act would end cash bail for a list of 12 additional offenses. The 700-page bill was voted on 40 minutes after being released.
The first offense on the list is aggravated battery. Aggravated battery occurs when you intend to harm another person with or without a weapon. Gun battery is also included under this umbrella, and as long as no shots are fired, you can pistol whip someone as many times as you like. Get arrested, taken into custody, and get out the next morning at a cost of zero dollars. The law also allows two chances to appear in court before a warrant is issued. This should give criminals plenty of time to relocate if that is the option they choose.
Other cashless bail options for crime lovers in Illinois include arson, burglary, robbery, and kidnapping. When the police catch a kidnapper, lucky enough for them, they have a second chance. Same with robbery – if a store owner fights you off on Monday night, you can take some time and think about how you can execute your crime better tomorrow. Learn from your mistakes, regroup, and try again.
Another interesting aspect of the law is that anyone charged with threatening a public official will no longer be detained with bail. This puts judges (current and retired), commissioners, county clerks, and any elected official in a situation where they could be facing the same threat again a mere 24 hours later. Luckily, Illinois does offer an emergency order of protection for situations like that. But if there is one thing we know about criminals, it’s that they don’t usually follow rules. So, the efficacy of this order of protection is about as good as the COVID vaccine.
Perhaps the most chilling crime on the cashless bail roster is second-degree murder. This is defined as the murder of another individual with a lack of premeditation. So, if the murder is committed impulsively, you’re in the clear and can be home in time to fly off the handle again. But what if you were only trying to cause another person immense bodily harm but hit them a little too hard with a shovel, cracking their skull and causing their death? No worries, you’re out of jail in no time and nobody is a dime poorer for it.
With states like California and New York vying for the title of Most Dangerous Liberal Utopia, they should be worried about Illinois being a serious contender. Where’s the incentive for the police to arrest these offenders knowing they will be released in short order? Who will protect you? Look in the mirror. When ruthless, cold-blooded gangs and mobs violently take over our neighborhoods and harm innocent people, we must see this as a wake-up call and vote out the dangerous socialists who bow to the failed policies of the democrats who legalize violent crime.