Efforts To Reform County Court Leaves Abuse Victims Vulnerable

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The 3rd Municipal District courthouse in Rolling Meadows. Dan Mihalopoulos
cook county third municipal court
The 3rd Municipal District courthouse in Rolling Meadows. Dan Mihalopoulos

Efforts To Reform County Court Leaves Abuse Victims Vulnerable

Local domestic violence victims face a risk of being attacked again as Cook County judges lowered the bonds of their accused attackers, according to a Chicago Tribune analysis of more than 2,600 cases from 2016 and 2018.

In addition to findings that judges “sharply lowered bonds for people accused of violent domestic attacks,” the investigation also found prosecutors dropped more of these types of cases in 2018 compared to 2016.

The results came after county officials pushed measures to address jail overcrowding and racial inequities in bonds, reforms that advocates against abuse commend but say left victims out of the conversation and leaving them vulnerable to continued abuse.

Chicago Tribune reporters David Jackson and Madeline Buckley join the Morning Shift to break down the findings of their investigation.

LEARN MORE: Domestic violence victims face risk of being attacked again following Cook County reforms, a Tribune investigation found (Chicago Tribune 5/1/19)