BARTLETT— Controversial criminal justice legislation was signed into law in Illinois on Monday, February 22. In response to the signing of House Bill 3653, which makes sweeping changes to law enforcement practices in Illinois, State Representative Seth Lewis (R-Bartlett) issued the following statement:
“Criminal justice reform must strike a delicate balance between supporting our police and recognizing the areas where we can improve. This legislation doesn’t do that. Consequential pieces of legislation like this must be subject to open and robust debate and shouldn’t include unfunded mandates on our local governments.
“While I’m disappointed that this legislation was signed into law today, I hope that going forward, we can work together in a bipartisan manner to address some of the concerns that Republicans have raised about this controversial legislation.”