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COOK COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE MOVES CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM LEGISLATION THROUGH SENATE CRIMINAL LAW COMMITTEE

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017In its legislative session yesterday, the Criminal Law Committee of the Illinois State Senate unanimously voted a package of three separate criminal justice reform bills, introduced by the Cook County Sheriff’s Office, out of committee.

“These three bills move the needle in the right direction when it comes to keeping those behind bars who deserve to be, while giving relief to victims of a broken criminal justice system. I appreciate the committee’s support of this package and the leadership of Senators Collins and Cunningham” said Sheriff Dart.

In its testimony for SB1980, the Cook County Sheriff’s Office presented its own data showing that gun offenders frequently gain access to large amounts of cash and are quickly released back to the community, undermining the perceived benefits of requiring defendants to post high bonds.

The office found that nearly half of those who posted high bonds to get out of jail between January 31st and March 7th were facing high-level gun charges covered by this legislation. Of those 50 defendants, a third came up with $10,000 or more, one of which paid at least $25,000.


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