Monday, October 13, 2008

Sheriff Moving Forward on Plans to Ease Overcrowding

The Cook County Sheriff is taking new steps to try to deal with the overcrowding problem in Cook County Jail. On Friday, Sheriff Tom Dart's attorney told Federal District Court Judge Virginia Kendall that Sheriff Dart is moving ahead on plans to move the bond court to an unused annex at the jail. The Bond Court is currently located inside the Criminal Courts Building at 26th and California. The location of the bond court makes it difficult for prosecutors to get sufficient information on criminal defendants causing judges to err on the side of caution when determining whether a criminal defendant should be released. By moving the Bond Court to the jail, the hope is that the process would be streamlined and judges could ultimately be able to determine whether an inmate can be released on electronic home monitoring. Federal District Judge Virginia Kendall is currently presiding over a lawsuit involving overcrowding at the jail.

The relocation of the Bond Court to the jail may be completed as early as September of 2009. The cost of the move is estimated to be in the range of $900,000.

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1 comment:

James G. Dimeas said...

Check out our post of April 20, 2009. Sheriff Dart has succeeded in many of his efforts.

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