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Proposal: Use tax dollars to bail out jail inmates

Cook County residents may see their tax dollars go towards bailing inmates out of jail.

County commissioner Larry Suffredin is proposing using tax money to help free nonviolent offenders who committed minor crimes.

cook county jailHe hopes this will help reduce the major overcrowding problem at the jail, and save taxpayers money.

Inmates who accept the loans would have to pay the county back.

The tax dollars would only be used to launch the program. Suffredin believes $2 million would be enough to establish a fund. But, he eventually believes the plan would be able to pay for itself through savings.

Studies show it takes inmates 13 days to raise bond money, on average.

“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. And that would be ten days at $143 a day, so per person, we’d be saving probably, on an average, $1,4oo,” said Suffredin.

A study will be presented on March 1st.

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart is in favor of the proposal, and County Board President Toni Preckwinkle says she’s open to any and all ideas to reform the criminal justice system.

WGN News Writer C. Hayes published this report.

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8 Comments to “Proposal: Use tax dollars to bail out jail inmates”

    Dick Beninya said:
    November 14, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    I got a better idea. Whey don’t you stop arresting all nonviolent “criminals” with minor offenses and focus on your overwhelming problem of VIOLENT crime being perpetrated by gang bangers and other career criminal types. While you are at it make sure you can afford to enforce laws before you make them!

    Rob said:
    November 14, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    Instead of sticking it to the taxpayers again.Why don't the commissioner's have a percentage of their check put into a petty cash box.

    bubba said:
    November 14, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    Bring back the death penalty and you open up a bunch of slots.

    O'Malley said:
    November 18, 2013 at 3:17 AM

    maybe they should just allow bailbondsman back in cook county and the problem their having now will go away forever!

      bill said:
      November 18, 2013 at 3:19 AM

      and it wouldnt be a burdon on tax payers it would also create jobs and it would also provide a free service to the police in finding these criminals when they do skip bail and are on the run potentionaly hurting inncont people

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