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As Cash Bond Is Abolished, Advocates Are Tackling Housing Insecurity To Help People Stay Out Of Jail
Lawndale Christian Legal Center and the Bail Project are helping people awaiting trial with addiction treatment, mental health help and workforce training. Now, they're adding housing to the mix.
With Cash Bond Ending In 2022, A New Program Will Use Social Services To Keep Communities Safe
The Community Release with Support program will prevent people awaiting trial from reoffending by offering services that address the root causes of crime, like joblessness and addiction.
Public Defender’s Office Now Can Represent Non-Citizens In Immigration Cases: This ‘Will Change Lives’
"Everyone, regardless of their immigration status, should have fair representation," Cook County Commissioner Alma Anaya said.
Cook County’s New Public Defender Seeks More Visibility — And Money — For His Office
A better-funded public defender’s office could be a leader in the fight for equity and justice, Sharone Mitchell said. Public defenders “put a mirror to the system and say that this isn’t working for us."
Police Say Cops Need Longer Than An Hour To Give Detained People A Phone Call — But Aldermen Say It’s Time For Accountability
Police and Mayor Lori Lightfoot's office rejected a plan to require police give detainees a phone call within an hour, saying officers need a vague, "reasonable" amount of time.
Lightfoot ‘Completely Guts’ Proposal To Ensure People In Police Custody Get A Prompt Phone Call, Frustrated Aldermen Say
Advocates want city law to guarantee a person gets to make a phone call within one hour of being arrested. The mayor's version gives police more discretion. "They are playing games with people's lives and people's liberties," one alderman said.
Just 2% Of People Arrested By Chicago Police Got Access To Lawyer In Early 2020, Legal Group Says
Police data shows few people who are arrested are granted their constitutional right to an attorney.
Chicago Police Illegally Denied Protesters Right To Attorney, Phone Call, Top Public Defender Says
Cook County Public Defender Amy Campanelli and activists are suing the city, saying the move to deny arrestees a phone call and access to an attorney violates state and constitutional law.