Kankakee, IL – Safe T Act’s Impact: 17% Detained After Arrest in Kankakee County since September 


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Kankakee, IL – In a revealing update from Kankakee County, Sheriff Mike Downey has raised eyebrows with new data on arrest and detention rates under the Safe T Act. 

Addressing the county’s criminal justice committee, Downey disclosed that out of 1,189 individuals arrested since the act took effect in September, merely 211—equating to just 17%—have been detained. This statistic notably excludes those arrested and subsequently issued a citation, highlighting a potential underreporting in overall figures. 

The implementation of the Safe T Act, aimed at criminal justice reform, has evidently led to a significant increase in the number of individuals released post-arrest, sparking a wave of concern and debate over the law’s impact on public safety and the criminal justice system in Kankakee County.


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