MacArthur Foundation Safety and Justice Challenge awards $1.85M grant to Cook County justice system

  • 2017-10-04

CHICAGO, Oct. 4, 2017/State of Illinois Circuit Court of Cook County/ -- The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation awarded a $1.85 million grant today to the Cook County justice system to safely reduce the jail population, divert certain nonviolent offenders from the court system and track efforts to remind defendants about future court dates.

The announcement comes on the heels of an order that Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans entered to provide cash bail to defendants in amounts they can afford. The order took effect on September 18 in the Circuit Court of Cook County and also requires a bail review for detained defendants within seven days of their first court appearance...(READ THE FULL ARTICLE)