The Facts Behind “The Purge Law”


Svea Carlson

The new Safe-T law that is coming about in January 2023, has been very misinterpreted by social media. The rumours around this law make it sound like you can commit crimes such as kidnapping or murder and just get away with it. All this misinformation comes from things such as memes from Instagram, making many of our youth believe that you can commit a crime and have no penalty. The real truth about that law is that it will remove cash bail from the court systems. What this means is that when someone is being sentenced to jail before their court date, they cant get out with money. This law is basically getting rid of the unfairness that the rich had in the court system. This gets rid of cash bail for the following offenses:  second-degree murder, aggravated battery, arson, drug-induced homicide, kidnapping, burglary, robbery, intimidation, aggravated DUI, aggravated fleeing and eluding, drug offenses and threatening a public official. Another thing this new law presents is the defendant will only be detained if they oppose a real threat to a person. This law is trying to keep non-violent criminals out of jail as much as possible. They are trying to do this because there is not nearly enough space in the Illinois jail systems right now.

More rumours around this law are the people saying it is a real life purge law. What they mean by this is if criminals are getting out of jail then everyone will starts committing crimes such as murder or kidnapping. Many young adults are spreading this misinformation all over the internet, and now so many are confused as to what this law actually means. When they say they are letting non-violent offenders out of jail, they aren’t letting them go free, they will still be under some kind of house arrest and have a court date to attend. The “purge law” is fake news and needs to be talked about. No, they’re not letting all criminals free, and no this will not result in a real life purge.