The 21st Show

Setting the record straight on the Safe-T Act


Lately, you may have been hearing conflicting information on Illinois’ Safety, Accountability, Fairness and Equity-Today, or Safe-T, Act. The Safe-T Act was signed into law in 2021 by Governor JB Pritzker, featuring sweeping criminal justice reform, which proponents of the law say will help end systemic racism in the criminal justice system. Beginning Jan. 1, 2023, cash bail will be abolished in Illinois. But critics of the law say it will put violent criminals back on the streets. 


J. Hanley

Winnebago County State’s Attorney

Garien Gatewood

Executive Director, Illinois Justice Project

Sharone Mitchell

Cook County Chief Public Defender