HB 3653 and the path toward increased community safety

February 23, 2021

by Timothy Jackson, Director of Government Relations

AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) applauds Illinois Governor JB Pritzker for signing House Bill 3653, the Illinois Criminal Justice Omnibus Bill —landmark legislation that brings significant criminal justice reforms to Illinois. These reforms include the end of cash bail, new police accountability standards, and new pretrial release guidelines, among others.

Congratulations to the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus, the bill sponsors, Senator Elgie R. Sims, Jr., and State Representative Justin Slaughter, for successfully shepherding these necessary reforms through the General Assembly.

AFC strongly believes that racial justice is health justice. Governor Pritzker signing House Bill 3653 sends a message loud and clear that the health and well-being of Black families matter, the safety of Black communities matter, and yes, Black Lives Matter!

To learn more about HB 3653, explore the resources below:

For any questions about HB 3653, please contact Timothy Jackson, AFC Director of Government Relations at

Categorized under Advocacy, Illinois and Public Statements.

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