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New laws taking effect New Year's Day

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Inside a courtroom at the Adams County Courthouse Inside a courtroom at the Adams County Courthouse
Inside a courtroom at the Adams County Courthouse Inside a courtroom at the Adams County Courthouse
Adams County Courthouse Adams County Courthouse

More than 200 laws take effect starting January 1st in Illinois, and some of the new laws are expected help in the fight against drugs.

Adams County State's Attorney Gary Farha said one of the biggest changes is being able to prosecute someone for a drug induced homicide even if the sale of the drugs took place in another state.

Farha said that's a critical change especially for areas that border other states like Adams county.

He said gives both the courts and law enforcement more tools to stop criminals.

"Their reach doesn't end at state lines," explained Farha. "They can go into other states and still have arrest powers. It's important for us to not be stopped in pursuit of justice by state boundaries."

Officers with the West Central Illinois Drug Task Force agreed with Farha. They said it helps them in the fight against drugs because criminals don't have to respect borders.

Farha said another law eliminates a mandatory prison sentence in regards to methamphetamine offenses. Instead, those criminals will be put on probation and given treatment which Farha said is important.

"The idea being that addicts don't need to go to prison. They need to get treatment. If we can avoid prison with them, we're all better off."

Other laws taking effect today include changes to the bond system and easier ways to expunge records. Farha said all of these changes relate to non-violent offenders

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