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The Pretrial Success Act:


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The Opportunity

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.

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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.


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

  • Effort)

  • League of Women Voters of Illinois

  • TASC

  • Thresholds

  • Metropolitan Family Services

  • National Association of Social Workers,

  • Illinois Chapter

  • Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence

  • AIDS Foundation Chicago

  • Women's Justice Institute

  • Mental Health Summit

  • Mental Health America of Illinois

  • Claretian Associates

  • NAMI South Suburbs of Chicago

  • She Votes Illinois

  • Breakthrough

  • Color of Change

  • A New PATH

  • WIN Recovery

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