Cook County Budget Cuts Could Threaten Fundamental Rights of Indigent Defendants

Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice and the Chicago Council of Lawyers strongly urged the County Board to refrain from cutting budgets of the Cook County Public Defender’s and State’s Attorney’s offices in a public letter yesterday. Cuts to the Public Defender’s budget would threaten the constitutional rights of Cook County residents accused of crimes and cause greater economic and social… Read more →

Chicago Council of Lawyers Releases Statement on Police Accountability Report

In April 2016, the Police Accountability Task Force issued their 190-page report: Recommendations for Reform: Restoring Trust between the Chicago Police and the Communities They Serve. The Report addresses many subjects, ranging from how to improve police-community relations to how to respond to persons with mental health problems. Our partner in the Collaboration for Justice, the Chicago Council of Lawyers… Read more →

Chicago Appleseed at NACM 2016 presenting on Criminal Justice Reform

At this year’s National Association of Case Management (NACM) conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (July 10-14) Ali Abid, Senior Criminal Justice Policy Analyst at Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice and Peter Coolsen, Court Administrator for the Criminal Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County are presenting “Administering the Courts in a Time of Criminal Justice Reform.” The presentation explores concepts… Read more →