Most Rockford area defendants go free on first day of no cash bail in Illinois

Holding criminal defendants in jail until trial proved difficult Monday, the first day without cash bail in Winnebago County Court.
Associate Court Judge Scott R. Paccagnini presided over the first "initial appearance court" proceeding in county history in which the judge by law could not set cash bail.
Instead Paccagnini either set conditions for release or was forced to…

This story appeared on, 2023-09-19.
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