The Pretrial Success Act:
INVESTING IN A COMMUNITY-BASED NETWORK OF CARE
The Pretrial Fairness Act defines the circumstances under which an individual can be incarcerated pretrial and abolishes money bond. Rather than mandating services in jail, people awaiting trial can now be given the opportunity to access those services while remaining in the community and maintaining connections to loved ones.
We envision an Illinois where as few people as possible are incarcerated while awaiting trial and a network of community-based pretrial supports and services. This approach increases justice as well as individual and communal well-being.
FUNDING REQUEST: $15 MILLION
Funding will support a statewide grant program administered by the Department of Human Services.
Funded services will include:
System Navigation to help people access services that will facilitate pretrial success
Mental health and substance use disorder assessment, case management, and treatment according to clinical standards, especially linkages to detox and medication-assisted recovery (MAR)
Transportation and child care to remove barriers to court appearance.
Voluntary supports and services should be prioritized for communities that were the most burdened by the money bond system.
People awaiting trial are legally presumed innocent and should not be mandated to participate in services including substance use and mental health treatment.
Supports and services should be informed by community members, including those directly impacted by the criminal-legal system, and delivered by organizations trusted within the community.
The system of supports and services should be as easy to navigate as possible, avoiding the creation of new bureaucratic barriers to success during the pretrial period.
A robust community-based network of care is only one component of a comprehensive system to ensure pretrial success. Illinois must also invest in ensuring that every community provides access to public defenders, court reminders, and upstream approaches to prevent involvement in the criminal-legal system.
Supporting organizations include the more than 40 member organizations of the Illinois Network for Pretrial Justice and:
Illinois Partners for Human Service
Illinois Association for Behavioral Health
CACE (Chicago Alliance for Collaborative
League of Women Voters of Illinois
Metropolitan Family Services
National Association of Social Workers,
Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence
AIDS Foundation Chicago
Women's Justice Institute
Mental Health Summit
Mental Health America of Illinois
NAMI South Suburbs of Chicago
She Votes Illinois
Color of Change
A New PATH