Judges Don't Follow the Rules?
Gee whiz Batman, who would have guessed this happens in Cook County?
- Cook County judges routinely make bail decisions for crime suspects contrary to what the judges’ new risk-assessment system calls for, according to a review of more than 1,500 cases this year obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times.
A review by the Cook County sheriff’s office showed judges’ bail decisions differed from the guidelines about 85 percent of the time. The review tracked cases in 30 weekday sessions — between Feb. 10 and March 29 — in Central Bond Court at the main Leighton Criminal Courthouse at 26th and California.
The sheriff’s study found bail decisions were “inconsistent,” even when defendants’ backgrounds and the charges they faced were factored in.
The 90-page study, the results of which Chief Cook County Judge Timothy Evans disputes, also found that the amount and conditions of bail varied widely depending on which judge was presiding on a given day.
Toni is insisting there are too many black and brown defendants in the jail, Dart is releasing them as fast as he can process them out (and demoralizing his workforce), and judges are fucking up bail requirements 85% of the time. And Evans "disputes" the study? How about he has the judges follow the bail recommendations for say...the rest of summer? And we'll see if crime drops significantly as the "risk factors" dictate certain assholes stay in jail until trial.