J.B. Pritzker on Crime
Criminal justice reform starts with phasing out cash bail
This spring, working with legislators, we will begin the long path toward a fairer criminal justice system. That starts with phasing out cash bail and following many of the recommendations made by the bipartisan criminal justice reform
commission created by my predecessor, most of whose ideas were never adopted because of the rancor and dysfunction.
Source: 2020 Illinois State of the State address
, Jan 29, 2020
Against death penalty; rectify wrongful convictions
My wife and I helped support the Center on Wrongful Convictions, which has become the national leader in rectifying wrongful convictions and did much of the work behind Illinois's moratorium on capital punishment.
[The Center on Wrongful Convictions is based at the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, so named after School of Law alumnus J.B. Pritzker and his wife, M.K. Pritzker, made a $100 million gift.]
Source: 2018 Illinois gubernatorial campaign website JBPritzker.com
, Jul 17, 2017
Erase juvenile criminal records for adults
[Said Pritzker of juvenile criminal records,] "Even if you live a life that's free of any interaction with the law, you still have this mark sitting on your records--it can prevent you from getting employment, an apartment. It shouldn't be that way.
You shouldn't have to hire a lawyer to get it off your record when you made a mistake at 15, 16 or 17 years old or younger. It should automatically be taken it off."
Source: The Chicago Defender on 2018 Illinois gubernatorial race
, Apr 27, 2017
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