Criminal Justice

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 →

More than 70 Organizations & Individuals Call for Supreme Court Rule on Bail

Advocates Urge Illinois Supreme Court to Issue Rule Change to Stop Jailing People Due to Poverty A letter endorsed by local and national community organizations & former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder asks Illinois Supreme Court to address Illinois’ unconstitutional money bail system. On any given day, tens of thousands of people are incarcerated in county jails in Illinois. Most… 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 →