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The Safety, Accountability, Fairness, and Equity-Today Act, commonly known as the SAFE-T Act, is an Illinois statute enacted in 2021 that reforms the criminal justice system. It represents a shift in the approach to policing, pretrial detention, bail, sentencing, and corrections. The law—a lightning rod in the debate over crime and punishment—was set to go into effect on January 1, 2023. One such provision of the statute would have eliminated cash bail across the state. But a Kankakee County judge found that portion of the law unconstitutional last week. After a filing in the Illinois Supreme Court, the Supreme Court ordered that the bond reform start date be put on hold “to maintain consistent pretrial procedures throughout Illinois” pending an appeal of the Kankakee judge’s decision by the Illinois Attorney General. Additionally, all other orders of the Kankakee court associated with the SAFE-T Act are held in abeyance until further order of the Supreme Court.

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Christopher Keleher clerked for the Hon. William J. Bauer of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.  This unique opportunity provided Mr. Keleher with an invaluable understanding of the inner workings of an appellate court.  He saw what persuades judges and what does not, and utilizes this knowledge every time he writes an appellate brief. The Keleher Appellate Law Group handles all phases of appellate litigation in federal and state courts across the country. Read more here.