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NewsYear after passage, state Republicans renew call for criminal justice reform law’s repeal

January 6, 2022

SPRINGFIELD — Nearing one year since Democratic state lawmakers pushed through controversial criminal justice reform legislation, Illinois House Republicans are renewing their call for the law to be repealed.

State Reps. Patrick Windhorst, R-Metropolis; Tony McCombie, R-Savanna; and Jackie Haas, R-Kankakee, at a press conference Wednesday morning criticized House Bill 3653, also known as the Illinois Safety, Accountability, Fairness and Equity-Today Act (SAFE-T Act), while accusing Democrats of enabling crime.

“We are here to recognize the one year impact of the majority passing this policy to punish police and actually reward criminals,” McCombie said

The SAFE-T Act was passed in the waning hours of the previous legislative session in January 2021 and signed into law by Gov. Pritzker in February.

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