An Examination of Illinois and National Pretrial Practices, Detention, and Reform Efforts

Published: June, 2018

This article provides an overview of the main issues driving a renewed focus on pretrial detention, the effects of overuse of pretrial detention, and potential areas of reform with a focus on Illinois law and practices when possible. Illinois has made some progress in pretrial reform including the passing a Bail Reform Act which became effective in 2018. However, more data and research is needed in the area of pretrial practices.