FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Saturday, December 22, 2018
Rev. Jackson and “Partnership of Conscience” to “Set the Captives Free” at Cook County Jail on Christmas
CHICAGO – In the true spirit of the Christmas season, Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. and the Rainbow PUSH Coalition have formed a “partnership of conscience” with Cook County criminal justice officials – judges, prosecutors, public defenders, jail administrators and the clerk’s office – to identify nonviolent pretrial detainees eligible for bond reeducation and release.
During his traditional Christmas morning visit with inmates and staff at Cook County Jail on Tuesday, December 25, Rev. Jackson will facilitate the release of several of the vigorously vetted pretrial detainees in time for them to spend the holidays with their families.
“Christmas is not Santa’s birthday; it’s Jesus’ birthday,” Rev. Jackson said. “Jesus was a liberator. In this season, poverty should not be a penalty. In a modest and important way, we are chipping away at the huge crisis of criminal injustice.”
The visit will take place:
Tuesday, December 25, 2018
10 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.
Cook County Jail
2700 South Sacramento Avenue
Rev. Jackson and the vetted detainees are expected to leave the sprawling jail complex together and “walk side-by-side in the sunshine and fresh air of freedom.”
“As a result of Rev. Jackson’s work,” according Cara Smith, chief policy officer for the Cook County Sheriff’s Office, less than 48 hours after launching this effort to ensure low level, non-violent offenders are able to spend the holidays with their families, 72% of the target population have received I-bonds or have had their bonds significantly reduced and are expected to be released.
This justice campaign will be ongoing throughout the holidays and into 2019, the sheriff’s office said.
“Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart and State’s Attorney Kim Foxx are among the country’s very best in fighting for fairness and equity in the justice system,” Rev. Jackson said. “They are tough, fair, progressive and most of all compassionate. They know the system is broken and must be radically repaired and reformed or it will continue to waste money and destroy lives. So, on this holy day, we too come to set the captives free.”
Rainbow PUSH Coalition is a multi-racial, multi-issue, progressive, international organization that was formed in December 1996 by the Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. through merging of two organizations he founded Operation PUSH People United to Serve Humanity (estab. 1971) and the Rainbow Coalition (estab. 1984). With headquarters in Chicago and offices in Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and Oakland, the organization works to make the American Dream a reality for all citizens while advocating for peace and justice around the world. RPC is dedicated to improving the lives of all people by serving as a voice for the voiceless. Its mission is to protect, defend and gain civil rights by leveling the economic and educational playing fields while promoting peace and justice around the world.