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CHICAGO — A Cook County Thursday delayed action on a suit against Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart over what some are calling unlawful detentions.

According to a suit filed earlier this year, 55 people were kept in custody even after their bonds were posted. Dart said the electronic-monitoring system is overwhelmed and has resulted in a dramatic increase in the release of violent offenders.

The judge turned down the plaintiff’s injunction request, saying Dart should be given time to respond in writing.

In a news release, Sheriff Dart’s office said he has led the call for criminal justice reform without compromising public safety,

A prayer vigil and protest was held outside the Dirksen Federal Building, 219 S. Dearborn St., ahead of Thursdays hearing in the case.

The next hearing date is May 24.

WGN’s Randi Belisomo has more.

Read the lawsuit here:

Tom Dart sued over delayed release into electronic monitoring by WGN Web Desk on Scribd

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