Cook County announces new plan to release low level defendants from jail pending trial

Cook County and the Illinois Supreme Court announced a new plan to alleviate overcrowding at Cook County Jail.

Under the plan, anyone who has been held in custody for 48 hours, with a bond of $10,000 or less will be subject to an automatic “Motion to Reconsider Bond” with an eye towards releasing defendants on their own recognizance or placing them on electronic home monitoring whenever appropriate.  This will avoid having indigent persons sitting in jail for a month or more while waiting for their court date, costing the county and taxpayers approximately $143 per day per prisoner.  Many of these defendants are eligible for probation or a similar sentence.

Links:  Chicago Tribune:  “Cook County seeks Bond Court Changes”

Chicago Sun-Times:  “New plan allows release of low-level suspects to free up jail space”


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