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Get out of jail free? Sheriff proposes scrapping cash-bond system

from Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart is calling for abolishing the state's cash-bond system, saying it's unfair to low-level defendants who can’t afford to pay and puts society in danger when defendants with violent backgrounds have the money to post bail and are freed until trial. Dart is believed to be the first elected official in Illinois to propose that the General Assembly scrap the system, said Cara Smith, his top policy official. It would require a change to Illinois' bail statute — a daunting political challenge. more

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