Top Ten Videos to watch

TV One At The 47th NAACP Image Awards
Donald Trump Holds Rally In Biloxi, Mississippi
Behind bars
47th NAACP Image Awards Presented By TV One - Press Room
A Man Operating A Tv Camera
Maurice White
March2Justice
'News One Now' With Roland Martin Taping
Bill Cosby
Activists In Los Angeles Gather To Burn Likenesses Of The Confederate Flag
Flint Firebirds V Windsor Spitfires
CBC Message To America: Rep. Conyers Addresses The Damage Inflicted On Our Communities By Poverty, Mass Incarceration And Lack Of Economic Development
Iowa Caucus Ted Cruz
NewsOne Now NAACP Image Awards Preview
Student sitting at a desk in a classroom
Slavery Stock image
The 16th Annual Wall Street Project Gala Fundraising Reception
Ava DuVernay
Roland Martin Blasts Stacey Dash For Comments About BET, Black Networks
President Obama Delivers State Of The Union Address At U.S. Capitol
Ava DuVernay
2016 North American International Auto Show
Democratic National Committee Presidential Primary Debate
88th Oscars Nominations Announcement
Democratic debate
Dream Speech
GOP Presidential Candidates Debate In Charleston
US President Barack Obama speaks on the
24593149
Leave a comment

Chicago's Cook County Jail

Overcrowding has long plagued Chicago’s Cook County jail and Commissioner Larry Suffredin, (D-13th),  has proposed using taxpayer dollars to bail out low-level inmates who are unable to raise the money themselves.

RELATED: Study: Just 1.5 Percent Of ‘Stop-And-Frisk’ Arrests Resulted In Jail Or Prison Sentence

Constructed as a “revolving bail-bond fund,” tax dollars would be used to provide loans for inmates with bonds of $2,000 or less. Ultimately, this system would lessen the burden on taxpayers who are already footing the larger bill to keep them incarcerated.

According to Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, who supports Suffredin’s proposal, 90 percent of Cook County’s approximately 10,000 inmates are merely awaiting trial. Of those, 70 percent are charged with non-violent crimes and wait an estimated 57 days for a trial, costing taxpayers $143 per day.

“What we’re gonna do for these people at the $2,000 level, so these are small bonds, we’ll be able to cut that I think to at the most three days, which would mean cutting 10 days off of being in the jail awaiting to make bail,” said Suffredin. “And that would be ten days at $143 a day, so per person, we’d be saving probably, on an average, $1,4oo.”

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart also supports Suffredin’s proposal.

“We have people sitting [in jail] simply because they lack the ability to post even a low level of bond, without regard to their risk to public safety,” said Cara Smith, a spokesperson for Sheriff Dart. “You shouldn’t be in prison simply because you are poor and lack the resources.”

According to WGN, the inmate population is up more than 10% in the past two years and surpasses 10,000 on some days, which is the jail’s capacity. The closure of state mental health facilities is cited as a reason for the surge as former patients are being arrested for crimes instead of treated for their illnesses.

County officials will consider the plan and report back in March.

Weigh in!

Also On News One:

Sign up for our newsletter and never miss the hot stories