Make judges ride the Green Line
CTA riders already have to put up with enough. But this mope who has been arrested 178 times panhandling on the CTA Green Line takes the cake. And whatever else he can intimidate you into "giving" him.
Some point of law allows judges to release him on his own recognizance (after which he often doesn't show up for his court appearance, which should be reason enough to impose high bail).
Some postings following the Tribune story miss the point: The first concern ought to be the riders who should not have to put up with intimidation and threats of violence. This is not a discussion about "homelessness," "institutionalization," and the rest of the political issues that always are provoked by such stories. The police seem to be doing their jobs in arresting this idiot, time after time. It's the judges who have some explaining to do, and perhaps they'd like to do it on a Green Line train while they're being harassed by this guy.