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Biblical View on Issues
"The Lenses of Reformation Concerning Pretrial Fairness Act "
by Dr. Patti Amsden
Reformation lens #1 – Terms of compensation as outlined in the case laws of scriptures seek to return the victim to a pre-crime status, minimize retaliation and vengeance from the victim to the criminal, and position both parties to live at peace. When restitution occurs, restoration is then possible.
Reformation lens #2 – The person who is accused of trespass may only be convicted by the mouth of two or three witnesses (Ex. 17:6; 19:15; 2 Cor. 13:1) and only before the jurisdictional officer appointed to hear the witnesses and mete out the judgment. Prior to trial, no sentencing may occur, nor shall any terms of punishment or restoration be enacted.
Reformation lens #3 – Every criminal holds a standing of equality before the courts and is, therefore, due the same operation of a fair and impartial hearing and the benefit of actions that are blind to the gender, race, or status of the person under indictment. Whereas justice is reward based and not all guilty receive equal reward; justice deals with everyone receiving the same process to determine guilt or innocence.
Reformation lens #4 – God empowers men as His appointed agents to guard and enforce justice by requiring the trespasser to make restitution and by measuring out justice in a fair and unbiased manner. If God’s judges do not execute justice in His name, God will execute justice in His own name upon both the trespasser and the judges.
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Illinois Cultural News
Illinois Supreme Court Upholds Cash Bail Elimination
By Joyce Geiler
On July 18, the Illinois Supreme Court upheld as constitutional the Pretrial Fairness Act, one of the provisions of the SAFE-T Act. The Safety, Accountability, Fairness and Equity-Today Act, commonly known as the SAFE-T Act, is a state of Illinois statute enacted in 2021 that makes a number of reforms to the criminal justice system affecting policing, pretrial detention and bail, sentencing, and corrections. (1) The Pretrial Fairness Act, part of the SAFE-T Act, eliminates cash bail and replaces it with a new process for pretrial release. (2) It was set to take effect on January 1, 2023, but was delayed as explained later in this article.
Prior to this legislation, judges set an amount of "cash bail" or "money bond" for detained individuals. That amount would vary based on the severity of the crime, and any person who was able to post...
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