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Will no-cash bail policy from SAFE-T Act turn Chicago into "Gotham City?"

Adrian Holman
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The US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee held a hearing on Tuesday in regards to the violence in Chicago at the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Hall.

The crime statistics over the past couple of years within the Windy City is totally out of control. Overall crime within Chicago has gone up 77%. Vehicle thefts have more than doubled at 211% along with a 45% increase in robberies in the City of Broad Shoulders.

One of the people testifying at the hearing was Fox News Contributor Gianno Caldwell. He stated that the end of cash bail from the SAFE-T Act and the do-not-chase-policies by the Chicago Police Department have emboldened criminals to turn the Windy City into "Gotham City."

He is saying that crime is now so bad in Chicago that only Batman can put an end to this issue. However, he does bring up a pertinent question. Will the no-cash bail policy from the SAFE-T Act really turn Chicago into Gotham City? Will the Riddler, the Joker, the Penguin, Mr. Freeze, Poison Ivy, and the Catwoman make Chicago their next destination to mastermind new crimes?

As of now, the no-cash bail policy in the SAFE-T Act fully went into effect throughout the entire state of Illinois a week and a half ago on Monday, September 18th. That means that there is no concrete data to back up Caldwell's claim about Chicago Police having to send out the Bat Signal.

However, there are two specific instances that happened two days after no-cash bail went into effect that shows that everyone that lives within the entire state must look to protect themselves and to protect their property on a daily basis.

The no-cash bail policy of the SAFE-T Act already set a precedent last Wednesday when Terry Johnson was released by DuPage County even though he took over $70,000 worth of merchandise from a Hinsdale boutique while having an active Cook County warrant for armed robbery and aggravated battery.

Later on the same evening, a group of thieves broke into Soldier Field and stole over twenty lawn equipment vehicles worth over $100,000.

If these instances continue over the next few months, then Chicago could become like Gotham City and the state of Illinois could become riddled with crime like Honduras or South Africa.

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