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President Preckwinkle, Chief Judge Evans Discuss Bond Court Reform on WTTW-11′s “Chicago Tonight”

From WTTW.com, July 12, 2012. Click on the image above to watch the video:

The vast majority of the 9,400 prisoners in Cook County Jail have not been convicted of a crime, but are waiting for trial. About one-tenth of them are considered low-risk and are being held on low bonds, typically less than $10,000, but either don’t have the money to post bond or don’t have a permanent residence. Prisoners need to pay one-tenth of their bond in order to be released.

Those prisoners–who were never intended to be in prison long-term–cost the county about $143 per day, according to Preckwinkle’s office. Preckwinkle is considering new reforms to bond court to lessen the load on the jail, which is already over capacity.

The plan would require public defenders, prosecutors, and pre-trial services to take “a second look” at defendants with low bond or who have been ordered released on electronic monitoring, but are still in the jail. It would allow public defenders to file a motion to have judges reconsider the bond…click here for video and the rest of the story

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