CHICAGO — The second trailer bill to the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus’ SAFE-T Act, championed by State Senator Elgie R. Sims, Jr. (D-Chicago), which addresses police and sentencing reform, the Illinois cash bail system and violence reduction, was signed into law on Friday.

“I am proud of our continued efforts to reimagine public safety in the state of Illinois,” said Sims. “I appreciate the Governor for signing House Bill 3512 and recognizing that there is still more work to do as we work to change the culture of policing.”

The new laws address implementation challenges with body camera footage labeling, detainee phone calls, officer decertification, and officer training. House Bill 3443, the first trailer bill to the SAFE-T Act, focused on issues that had an implementation date of July 1, 2021.

Implementation dates specific to pretrial services, body camera labeling and officer training were extended to Jan. 1, 2022, and Mandatory Supervised Release and the officer decertification process were extended to July 1, 2022.

“With this, we’re not making any major changes to the original SAFE-T Act, instead, we are granting law enforcement personnel additional time to roll out implementation dates,” said Sims. “We want to give law enforcement agencies our full support in ensuring we get this right for the people in our communities.”

House Bill 3512 was signed into law on Friday by Gov. J.B. Pritzker.

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