FENSTER: The current system in Illinois is ‘unjust’Rabbi Jason Fenster with congregation BJBE in Deerfield is among nearly 200 faith leaders who signed a letter calling on lawmakers to end money bond by year’s end. He called the current justice system “unjust.” “It’s a system that we know costs too much, is not effective and is not fair,” Fenster asserted. “Disproportionately affecting and dismantling communities of color, criminalizing poverty. That’s not what justice looks like.” The Pretrial Fairness Act would allow a judge to order pretrial detention if the accused person presents a risk of harming others or fleeing. It would also mandate pretrial data be collected and released publicly. Reporting by Mary Schuermann Kuhlman
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