Criminal Justice

Monday Press Conference: First Major Hearing For Lawsuit Challenging Constitutionality of Jailing Thousands Too Poor to Afford Bond

Coalition to End Money Bond Press contacts: Sharlyn Grace, Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice, 773-946-8535, sharlyngrace [at] chicagoappleseed [dot] org Max Suchan, Director of Operations, Chicago Community Bond Fund, 773-551-2353, max [at] chicagobond [dot] org Twitter: #EndMoneyBail | Facebook event Website: http://www.chicagoappleseed.org/coalition-to-end-money-bond/ PRESS RELEASE: For Immediate Release 5 FAQs about Bail Reform: Download PDF. Monday Press Conference: First Major Hearing For… Read more →

Cook County Chief Judge Announces New Order Limiting Use of Monetary Bond

Chicago Appleseed and our partner Chicago Council of Lawyers applaud today’s announcement by Timothy C. Evans, Chief Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County, that his office will direct judges to set monetary bonds only in amounts that people can pay. This move brings Cook County in line with a recent federal court decision in Harris County (Houston), Texas… Read more →

Cook County State’s Attorney Announces New Policy for Bond Recommendations

On Monday, June 12th, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx announced that her office has instituted a new policy instructing her prosecutors to recommend I-Bonds in many kinds of cases. In Illinois, I-Bonds are the form of pretrial release that does not require payment of money before release. I-Bonds are also called “personal recognizance bonds” because the person is released… Read more →