Mayor Lori Lightfoot of Chicago, Illinois, was eager to show off her city’s crime statistics in an August interview, claiming that murder and shooting incidents had decreased 16% and 18%, respectively. However, this was compared to 2021’s record-breaking statistics in the Windy City, which were already among the highest in the nation.
The crime rates in Illinois have been a major issue for years due to liberal policies, and under President Joe Biden, crime has been on the rise across the U.S., with Chicago being one of the worst-hit areas.
The stories of horrific crimes being committed in Illinois span the entire state. Robberies are especially on the rise. Of course, Liberal Lori says retail businesses are responsible for a spike in robberies. This is as ludicrous as her stance on criminal reform.
Liberals do not care about the crime that befalls everyday American citizens. The insane crime policies they promote are proof. But in Illinois, things may soon get even worse. A billionaire, far-left radical, J.B. Pritzker, governs Illinois.
Recently, Pritzker signed into law a radical crime bill that will take effect in 2023. Illinoisans should prepare for an even greater increase in crime. Most experts believe this new legislation is akin to Illinois signing its own death warrant.
It’s called the “SAFE-T Act.” This radical piece of crime legislation will do everything but provide for the safety of most Illinois residents. However, as written, the law will help promote a safe process for criminals to walk right out of jail.
Pritzker signed a package of revisions into the bill. Supposedly, insane parts of the bill, such as the inability for police to remove a trespasser, were erased. No one is sure. But there’s still one key element written in the legislation.
It instructs Illinois judges not to charge a criminal “unaffordable” bail. What’s that supposed to mean? If an indigent person pulls a gun and shoots someone, but they’re essentially broke, they get a reduced bail amount because “they can’t afford it.”
This is crazy. What it means is that most criminals under the new Illinois law must be released. Many will commit the same or even worse crimes. Again, by law, they’ll be escorted right back out onto the streets.
The “revolving door of the penal system” used to refer to an inability to reform certain criminals. Some people were just bad. Until they earned a lengthy period of incarceration, these criminals would just walk in and out of the criminal justice system.
But now that revolving door has a new and potentially dangerous twist. This is like processing cattle. Criminals are arrested, herded through the jailhouse doors, stamped, and then raced back out into the pasture fields. There’s one problem.
This herd is grazing on innocent, law-abiding citizens. They feed off the weak and vulnerable. The new Illinois crime law will prove a catastrophe. But do the far-left Democrats care? Nope, that’s what they’re hoping for. Crime and chaos stoke fear. Fear induces compliance.