Another Dart Disaster
Carrying on his tradition of horrible ideas:
- Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart is calling for abolishing the state’s cash-bond system, saying it’s unfair to low-level defendants who can’t afford to pay and puts society in danger when defendants with violent backgrounds have the money to post bail and are freed until trial.
Dart is believed to be the first elected official in Illinois to propose that the General Assembly scrap the system, said Cara Smith, his top policy official. It would require a change to Illinois’ bail statute — a daunting political challenge.
Currently, judges set bail for most people charged with crimes. Defendants typically need to pay 10 percent of that amount to obtain a bond to get out of jail before trial. In some cases, judges allow for a “recognizance bond,” in which no payment is required.
Dart is proposing a system in which a judge would decide whether a defendant should be released from jail until trial based solely on an intensive background investigation by the court’s staff.
Because Dart's crack investigative staff has done so well at deciding who gets to wear electronic monitoring bracelets - at last count, there were upwards of a few hundred felons that Dart's people had no idea where they were. That just screams competence. And his declaration that he won't bother following Federal law regarding criminal illegal aliens. Now he's going to "trust" assorted felons to show up at court without anything to compel their appearance. After releasing dozens, maybe hundreds of violent offenders onto the streets, closing down Divisions of the jail and under-staffing the rest.