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Sheriff Calls Out Judges on No-Cash Bonds

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The Cook County sheriff’s office says judges are making conditions worse at the overcrowded jail.

When defendants first goes to court, a judge has the power to release them from jail on what’s called a no-cash bond. That typically happens if a defendant is not considered a big threat. The Cook County sheriff’s department says for eight consecutive days recently, Cook County judges didn’t release a single person on no-cash bonds. Typically, they let out up to 20 people a day.

Malcolm Young heads a group that monitors conditions at Cook County Jail. He says without the no-cash bonds too many of them have to stay in jail.

YOUNG: And I think it’s an example of where the county is not dealing with the fact that it has a jail that is operating at capacity. It’s dangerous for that reason.

Young says he doesn’t know why judge’s didn’t issue any no-cash bonds for those eight days. The chief judge of Cook County, Tim Evans, did not return calls for comment.

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