Criminal Justice

Appellate Court Orders Hearings Before Bond Money is Taken, Review of Fines, Fees, and Costs

Last month, the Appellate Court of Illinois in the First District handed down a decision in Illinois v. Glass that reinforces the urgent need for reform regarding some of the primary avenue through which Illinois courts collect money from criminal defendants. In a ruling delivered by Justice Mikva, the Court reiterated that a defendant’s posted bond money cannot be used… Read more →

New Court Policy to Provide Public Defenders in Police Stations

Last week, the Cook County Court took an important step forward in ensuring Chicagoans arrested by CPD are able to exercise their constitutional right to an attorney. Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans signed General Administrative Order No. 2017-01 that enables people in the custody of Chicago Police Department to have access to an attorney free of charge at police… Read more →

Legislation Introduced to Eliminate Monetary Bond in Illinois

  Last night, Representative Christian Mitchell introduced HB 3421, the Equal Justice For All Act. This morning, Chicago Appleseed’s Senior Policy Analyst and Staff Attorney Sharlyn Grace spoke at a press conference unveiling the bill organized by The People’s Lobby and Representative Mitchell’s Office. HB 3421 is a comprehensive bail reform bill that would eliminate the use of monetary bond in Illinois. You can… Read more →