Posts tagged "Cook County jail"

Has the Motion to Reconsider program brought change to Cook County’s broken bond court system?

Has the Motion to Reconsider program brought change to Cook County’s broken bond court system?
A bill attempting to allow nonviolent, first-time offenders to avoid paying a bond so they could leave the jail while awaiting trial died an unceremonious death at its third reading in the Illinois House of Representatives last month. With a bill making changes to bond court failing to pass–for the second legislative session–  we thought... Read more »

Could the Mayor’s plan to stop drinking, public urination worsen crowding at Cook County Jail?

Could the Mayor’s plan to stop drinking, public urination worsen crowding at Cook County Jail?
Mayor Rahm Emanuel plans to discourage standard-of-living crimes like drinking, public urination and illegal gambling by doubling the fines and threatening to throw into jail for six months anyone who has skipped out on a hearing and then missed their court date. The move might be able to cut down on the crimes themselves, but... Read more »

Preckwinkle program to help people in jail who cannot afford bond payments

Preckwinkle program to help people in jail who cannot afford bond payments
Non-violent offenders stuck behind bars at Cook County Jail because they can’t afford to pay their bail will get a second chance to petition for their release. Under the latest developments in Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle’s “Motion to Reconsider” initiative, an increase in staff will focus on alternatives to incarceration for people who can’t... Read more »
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Changes afoot at Cook County bond court seeks to cut unnecessary detainment

Most of the more than 5,000 Chicagoans awaiting trial in Cook County Jail can’t afford to post bond and get out, so they sit there, at a substantial cost to the county, until their next hearing. Changes on the way to the bond court system, driven by county President Toni Preckwinkle, may have some seeing... Read more »

Ald. Zalewski's graffiti ordinance: Collision course with Cook County?

Ald. Zalewski's graffiti ordinance: Collision course with Cook County?
Twenty-third Ward Ald. Michael Zalewski’s plan to take back his community from gang-affiliated graffiti vandals could potentially put him on a collision course with Cook County’s plan to reduce the number of offenders passing through its criminal justice system. An ordinance Zalewski plans to submit to the city council Wednesday would increase fines for people... Read more »

Should Cook County hold inmates for immigration purposes ?

Should Cook County officials honor requests by the federal government to hold inmates for immigration purposes? County commissioners held a four-and-a-half hour hearing Thursday to determine whether to amend an ordinance, which was approved in September 2011, that allows Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart to decline enforcing an immigration-hold request, also known as a “detainer,”... Read more »
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Cook County opens new jail for pregnant inmates

The nation’s fastest growing prison population? Moms, according to a recent study–many of them expectant mothers. That is why Cook County decided to open a special unit just for pregnant inmates, providing them with the prenatal care and help with parenting skills they need to raise healthy children. Losing a mom to incarceration often starts... Read more »

Lawsuit after computer crash extends Cook County jail sentences

By Amalia Oulahan Ioan Sameli/flickr In early October, Cook County jail launched a new digital system, IMACS, for keeping track of its detainees’ comings and goings. Before that, the old computer system had not been overhauled since its installation – in 1978. That system crashed three times in the year before it was replaced, according... Read more »

Doors at Cook County's maximum-security jail in South Lawndale not secured

Many accused murderers, rapists and robbers can leave their cells and cause mayhem among other inmates in Cook County’s jail in the South Lawndale neighborhood, according to a joint investigation by the Chicago Sun-Times and the Better Government Association. More than one in 10 of the maximum-security cells in Cook County’s oldest jail are not... Read more »
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