New Illinois law will change the bail bond process in Rock Island County

Supporters say it will make the justice system fairer for everyone

ROCK ISLAND, Illinois - People who can't afford to post bail in Illinois will soon be able to reduce or eliminate it under a new law.
It's meant to let people who don't have much money get out of jail until their hearing. 
However, it's not for everyone.
Only people charged with minor offenses or people who don't pose a public threat can take advantage of it. 
The tradeoff can mean getting rid of the bond altogether and wearing a GPS ankle bracelet while checking in with authorities throughout the court process.
Others will have their bonds dropped by $30 for every day they spend in jail. 
Supporters say it makes the justice system fairer for everyone. 
They point to cases where people feel forced to plead guilty to a crime they didn't commit to avoid waiting and risk losing their job or home. 
"Whenever somebody has to sit in a jail cell and they're constantly thinking if they just plead guilty I can go home, see my kids, that sort of a thing, that's enough to weigh heavy on most people's hearts and to make do something they normally do," says attorney Eric Reyes. 
The new law goes into effect in January.     
Sheriff Gerry Bustos says it'll save Rock Island County money by cutting the inmate population around 20 percent at the jail. 


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