State’s Attorney has contested vast majority of bond motions since COVID-19

Public Defender Amy Campanelli has tried to get more than 3,000 detainees released from the jail since the coronavirus outbreak began in March. State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s office has contested more than 2,500 of them.

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Hundreds of Illinois prisoners released as COVID-19 spreads, but few elderly see reprieve

The Illinois Department of Corrections has begun utilizing a once controversial tool to release hundreds of inmates using sentencing credits. But the releases have not been uniform across the state.

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Judge blocks key legal protection for detained youth

Presiding Judge Michael Toomin has said youth detention reviews cannot be filed if they mention a law that juveniles cannot be held more than 30 days pre-trial. Chief Judge Timothy Evans is clarifying his order to say they can.

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Challenges arise as the courtroom goes virtual

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In response to the coronavirus, the Cook County Circuit Court has moved most hearings online. The shift has meant technical difficulties and challenges for public access, especially in felony bond court.

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Former U. Chicago student, shot by police, has COVID-19 symptoms in Cook County jail

Charles Thomas has been denied bond twice since mid-March, even as judges and prosecutors have said publicly that they are doing everything they can to release people from the jail.

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