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Latest move in bail reform: Chief judge replaces all bond court judges in Cook County, Illinois

from Chicago Sun-Times

Chief Cook County (Illinois) Judge Timothy Evans announced he is replacing the half-dozen judges who preside over bond hearings at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse — a sweeping change and the latest move to reform the cash bond system that critics say leaves poor and minority defendants locked up on low-level charges. The move by Evans comes two months after he issued an order that bond court judges are required to set bail in amounts defendants can afford to pay. more

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