Villarreal & Schultz open to cash bail review in state’s attorney race

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Rock Island County candidates agree system often unfair to poor suspects

Democratic nominees for Rock Island County State’s Attorney Herb Schultz and Dora Villarreal joined 4 The Record this week. This is the third part of that conversation.

Another issue getting a lot of attention and becoming a national debate that directly impacts prosecutor’s offices is the use of cash bail.

It impacts low-income suspects disproportionately.

People who are arrested of crimes and can’t afford bail wind up sitting in jail for months and perhaps years waiting for trials on charges they might not have committed.

There is legislation proposed to change this in Illinois.

Scultz and Villarreal shared their positions and explained what they see as the fairest and safest approach.

Watch the full conversation in the video above.

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