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Cook County Received $1.8B Grant To Help Reduce Jail Population

Cook County is receiving a $1.8 million grant to help reduce its jail population. 

The Chicago-based MacArthur Foundation is providing the money to study how Cook County’s justice system is affecting the number of inmates at the county jail. One thing the study will track is how well reminders such as text messages and emails work to help get defendants to court to prevent arrest warrants from being issued.

State’s Attorney Kim Foxx says the system shouldn’t keep offenders who pose no risk to the community locked up. 

"Our resources are limited," Foxx said. "Our resources should go to those who are driving the violence and are keeping our communities unsafe."

The grant will also go toward moving certain offenders from the court system to substance abuse and mental health treatment programs.

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