Republican candidate for State Representative House District 48 Jennifer Sanalitro is being vocal in her opposition to the soon-to-be-enacted Safe-T Act.
Critics say the criminal-friendly justice system overhaul will lead to more violence and crime even though some parts of the state have been experiencing record crime levels.
“The Safe-T Act' is not safe at all. In fact, the only two law enforcement officials to support this sweeping legislation passed in the middle of the night were Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx and Lake County State's Attorney Eric Rinehart,” Sanalitro said in a statement. “I am calling on the General Assembly to repeal this law, bring all stakeholders to the table, and collaboratively work through effective and sensible solutions to the unprecedented increase in criminal brazenness overtaking our communities.”
Many, including some Democrats, according to Will County Gazette, have been warning of the impending release of thousands of prisoners across the state currently being held captive awaiting trial for serious crimes. The bill requires courts to speed up the processing window time of those awaiting trial. If it goes into effect as planned the Safe-T Act will result in the release of those charged with the most serious crimes including robbery, kidnapping, arson, second-degree murder, intimidation, aggravated battery, aggravated DUI, aggravated flight, drug-related homicide, and threatening a public official.
A number of state’s attorneys across Illinois, 100 of 102 are in support of repealing or changing the act, Madison-St. Clair Record reported. Kankakee County Democrat State’s Attorney Jim Rowe according to WCIA is one of the many opponents of the bill.
On Friday, Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow filed a complaint against Gov. J.B. Pritzker over SAFE-T Act
Sanalitro, a sales executive and mother to two, highlights the importance of addressing rising crime rates noting on her website that “In Illinois, crime is up." She said that solutions are needed to keep families safe and that "efforts to defund the police are dangerous and reckless." She strongly supports law enforcement and "will work on policies to strengthen funding and training, ensuring they have the resources necessary to keep communities safe."
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