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December 25, 2013

REV. JESSE L. JACKSON SR. CALLS FOR COOK COUNTY TO SET THOSE CAPTIVE TO EXCESSIVE BAIL FREE

 

REV. JESSE L. JACKSON SR. CALLS FOR COOK COUNTY
TO SET THOSE CAPTIVE TO EXCESSIVE BAIL
 FREE
(Chicago, Illinois, December 24, 2013) This Christmas Eve, there are 2.2 
million young men and women incarcerated in jails and prisons. According to 
noted author Mitchell Alexander, there are more African Americans " under 
the watch of the justice system, than were enslaved in 1850". People of color 
comprise 30% of the US population yet they represent 60% of those in prison. 
According the Bureau of Justice Statistics, 1 in 3 black men can expect to go to 
prison in their lifetime. Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr. and several members of the 
Chicago Clergy will visit Cook County Jail on Christmas Day at 9:30 a.m. 
Rev. Jackson urges the immediate evaluation and release of those pretrial 
detainees who are charged with non-violent offenses, who cannot meet the 
amount of bail set and who have served time in County Jail equal to the amount 
of the bail. It would cheaper and more efficient to release these detainees to 
electronic monitoring. The Cook County Department of Corrections (CCDOC) 
is one of the largest (96 acres) single site county pre-detention facilities in the 
United States. Primarily holding pre-trial detainees, the Department admits 
approximately roughly 100,000 detainees annually and averages a daily 
population of 9,000.Cook County Jail is a microcosm of the County jails in the 
US. The average annual jail population — primarily inmates awaiting trial — 
has been on the rise since 2013 according to a Chicago Tribune study " with 
the daily count now frequently more than 10,000, the highest totals since 2007. 
About 5 percent of detainees at the jail have been awaiting trial for more 
than two years, according to the sheriff’s office " because they are too poor to 
purchase themselves out by posting a cash bond. More than 80% of the Pre 
trial detainees are African American and Latino. County jails have become a 
homeless shelters for those charged with crimes. 
This year Rev. Jackson is calling for the Chief Judge, the Cook County Public 
Defender, and the Cook County State's Attorney to review their policies and 
procedures which have resulted in 57 pretrial detainees who have been in Cook 
County Jail for more than 5 years. 
According to the Cook County Sheriff's website there are 9,210 persons in the 
jail at a cost of $143.00 per day per inmate as compared to $82.00 per day for 
Day Reporting and $73.00 per day for electronic Monitoring. Other County 
facilities in Illinois have a daily rate of $50.00 per inmate per day.
The Rainbow PUSH Legal Commission has investigated the pretrial detention 
practices at Cook County Jail and recommends that Rainbow PUSH consider 
filing a lawsuit on behalf of the class of pre trial detainees sitting in Cook 
County Jail without a scheduled trial date. We are seeking the release to 
electronic monitoring of pretrial detainees 1) who have been held in custody more 
than 1 year or longer awaiting trial, 2) are charged with non- violent offenses and 
cannot meet the excessive bail. We are seeking a federal investigation by US 
Attorney General Holder and the US Department of Justice regarding the length 
of stay in Cook County Jail as a violation of the 6th and 8th Amendment Rights of 
the defendants, and a review by an Independent Judicial Inquiry Board on the bail 
amounts set by the judges assigned to the cases represented by the defendants.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON PRETRIAL DETENTION FOR USE 
IN PRESS CONFERENCE AND ON RADIO.
Illinois law provides a procedure for the release of offenders prior to trial 
on recognizance (called an I-bond or signature bond): When from all the 
circumstances the court is of the opinion that the defendant will appear as required 
either before or after conviction and the defendant will not pose a danger to any 
person or the community and that the defendant will comply with all conditions of 
bond. When the judge determines that it is appropriate to require the offender to 
post bond (called a deposit bond or D bond), the court is guided by the following: 
The amount of bail shall be: (1) Sufficient to assure compliance with the conditions 
set forth in the bail bond statute (2) Not oppressive. (3) Considerate of the 
financial ability of the accused.
Women are entering prison at a faster rate than any other group, and they 
face an array of issues that male inmates do not, including pregnancy and 
higher rates of mental health issues stemming from the tangled web of trauma, 
homelessness, and sexual abuse. Drugs are often a way to cope. Seventy-four 
percent of women in state prisons have mental health issues, compared to 55 
percent of men, according to data from The Sentencing Project, a research and 
advocacy group for prison reform. Women often have a higher rate of mental 
illness because many have experienced sexual and physical abuse starting as 
children and continuing into adulthood, said Amy Fettig, senior staff counsel at the 
American Civil Liberties Union’s National Prison Project.
Sheriff Department Costs for Inmates
Cook County Program Daily 
Rate
Daily 
Count
DOC $143 9,210
Day Reporting $81 246
Electronic Monitoring $73 1506
Pre-Release $120 340
Vocational & Rehabilitation Impact Center $151 353
Sheriff's Women's Justice Program 
Sheriff's Female Furlough $150 323
Residential $101 157
MOMS Program $100 29
Pregnant $100 20
Program Daily 
Rate
Outlying County Daily 
Rate
Daily 
Count
Daily 
Count
Dewitt $50 15
Kankakee $60 154
Livingston $50 64
Mercer $50 17
Moultrie $50 8
Piatt $50 36
Henry $60 0
Jefferson $50 0
Marion $45 0
Rock Island County $50 2
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justice around the world(Chicago, Illinois, December 24, 2013) This Christmas Eve, there are 2.2 million young men and women incarcerated in jails and prisons. According to noted author Mitchell Alexander, there are more African Americans " under the watch of the justice system, than were enslaved in 1850"People of color comprise 30% of the US population yet they represent 60% of those in prison.  According the Bureau of Justice Statistics, 1 in 3 black men can expect to go to prison in their lifetime.  Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr. and several members of the Chicago Clergy will visit Cook County Jail on Christmas Day at 9:30 a.m. 

 

Rev. Jackson urges the immediate evaluation and release of those pretrial detainees who are charged with non-violent offenses, who cannot meet the amount of bail set and who have served time in County Jail equal to the amount of the bail.  It would cheaper and more efficient to release these detainees to electronic monitoring. The Cook County Department of Corrections (CCDOC) is one of the largest (96 acres) single site county pre-detention facilities in the United States. Primarily holding pre-trial detainees, the Department admits approximately roughly 100,000 detainees annually and averages a daily population of 9,000.Cook County Jail is a microcosm of the County jails in the US.  The   average annual jail population — primarily inmates awaiting trial — has been on the rise since 2013 according to a Chicago Tribune study  " with the daily count now frequently more than 10,000, the highest totals since 2007. About 5 percent of detainees at the jail have been awaiting trial for more than two years, according to the sheriff’s office " because they are too poor to purchase themselves out by posting a cash bond.   More than 80% of the Pre trial detainees are African American and Latino.  County jails have become a homeless shelters for those charged with crimes. 

 

This year Rev. Jackson is calling for the Chief Judge, the Cook County Public Defender, and the Cook County State's Attorney to review their policies and procedures which have resulted in 57 pretrial detainees who have been in Cook County Jail for more than 5 years.

According to the Cook County Sheriff's website there are 9,210 persons in the jail at a cost of $143.00 per day per inmate as compared to $82.00 per day for Day Reporting and $73.00 per day for electronic Monitoring.  Other County facilities in Illinois have a daily rate of $50.00 per inmate per day.

 

The Rainbow PUSH Legal Commission has investigated the pretrial detention practices at Cook County Jail and recommends that Rainbow PUSH consider filing a lawsuit on behalf of the class of pre trial detainees sitting in Cook County Jail without a scheduled trial date. We are seeking the release to electronic monitoring of pretrial detainees 1) who have been held in custody more than 1 year or longer awaiting trial, 2) are charged with non- violent offenses and cannot meet the excessive bail.  We are seeking a federal investigation by US Attorney General Holder and the US Department of Justice regarding the length of stay in Cook County Jail as a violation of the 6th and 8th Amendment Rights of the defendants, and a review by an Independent Judicial Inquiry Board on the bail amounts set by the judges assigned to the cases represented by the defendants.

 

BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON PRETRIAL DETENTION FOR USE IN PRESS CONFERENCE AND ON RADIO.

 

Illinois law provides a procedure for the release of offenders prior to trial on recognizance (called an I-bond or signature bond): When from all the circumstances the court is of the opinion that the defendant will appear as required either before or after conviction and the defendant will not pose a danger to any person or the community and that the defendant will comply with all conditions of bond.  When the judge determines that it is appropriate to require the offender to post bond (called a deposit bond or D bond), the court is guided by the following:   The amount of bail shall be: (1) Sufficient to assure compliance with the conditions set forth in the bail bond statute  (2) Not oppressive. (3) Considerate of the financial ability of the accused.

 

Women are entering prison at a faster rate than any other group, and they face an array of issues that male inmates do not, including pregnancy and higher rates of mental health issues stemming from the tangled web of trauma, homelessness, and sexual abuse. Drugs are often a way to cope. Seventy-four percent of women in state prisons have mental health issues, compared to 55 percent of men, according to data from The Sentencing Project, a research and advocacy group for prison reform. Women often have a higher rate of mental illness because many have experienced sexual and physical abuse starting as children and continuing into adulthood, said Amy Fettig, senior staff counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union’s National Prison Project.

 

Sheriff Department Costs for Inmates

Cook County Program

Daily Rate

Daily Count

DOC

$143

9,210

Day Reporting

$81

246

Electronic Monitoring

$73

1506

Pre-Release

$120

340

Vocational & Rehabilitation Impact Center

$151

353

Sheriff's Women's Justice Program Residential

$101

157

Sheriff's Female Furlough

$150

323

MOMS Program

$100

29

Pregnant

$100

20

Program

Daily Rate

Daily

Count

Outlying County

Daily Rate

Daily Count

Dewitt

$50

15

Kankakee

$60

154

Livingston

$50

64

Mercer

$50

17

Moultrie

$50

8

Piatt

$50

36

Henry

$60

0

Jefferson

$50

0

Marion

$45

0

Rock Island County

$50

2