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Cash bail under fire as discriminatory while poor inmates languish in jail

from Chicago Tribune

A few days before last Thanksgiving, James Williams Jr. was arrested on charges of selling $40 worth of cocaine to an undercover Chicago police officer in the West Englewood neighborhood. Low-level drug offenders in Cook County are typically freed on bail without posting cash, but in court the next day, a judge ordered Williams held on $10,000 bail. That meant he needed to come up $1,000 cash to win his freedom. more


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