Appleseed applauds efforts to curb illegally imposed criminal court fines, fees, and costs; Releases New Resource for Defense Attorneys

Two recent decisions by the Illinois Appellate Court, People v. Mullen and People v. Smith, reduced or eliminated certain court costs, fines, and fees imposed on people convicted of crimes in Cook County. These decisions criticized both “Illinois’s labyrinthine system of criminal fines and fees” and the failure of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County to update its form order,… Read more →

New Report from Appleseed & Community Partners on State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s First Year in Office

Chicago Appleseed, The People’s Lobby and Reclaim Chicago are proud to release today our new report, “In Pursuit of Justice for All: An Evaluation of Kim Foxx’s First Year in Office,” which assesses State’s Attorney Foxx’s progress on her reform goals during her first year in office. Foxx has made substantial progress in reforming how her office handles bail recommendations and charging decisions.… Read more →

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 →