02282017CM0572CHAMPAIGN – In order to address the growing social and financial costs of jailing those who await trial, State Senator Scott Bennett will join a commission to investigate possible pretrial reforms in the state’s criminal justice system.

The Champaign Democrat has been appointed to the Illinois Supreme Court’s Pretrial Practices Commission to help conduct a redesign of the system in place to deal with individuals from the time they're arrested until their case is resolved.

“The human and financial costs of pretrial detention are higher than I think we realize,” Bennett said “We must develop the most sensible practices possible to ensure that pretrial detention is serving both the ends of justice and the public interest.”

The commission’s aims include investigating how laws, regulations and rules can be changed to ensure pretrial services are fair, efficient, transparent, accountable and adequately resourced.

Building on pretrial reform initiatives begun last year, the commission’s members include individuals from every level of the criminal justice system and from every branch of government.

Bennett is one of two members from the Illinois State Senate appointed to serve on the commission. He will be serving with key stakeholders and judges from the state’s supreme, appellate and circuit courts.

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