Cook County, IL: Bail

Civil Rights Corps is challenging the unconstitutional money bail in Cook County, Illinois. Our lawsuit alleges that the money bail system that pervaded the Chicago region, in which people are kept in jail cells solely because they cannot make monetary payments, is unconstitutional.  After we filed the lawsuit, the Chief Judge issued a new standing order prohibiting wealth-based detention. As a result, the Cook County jail has now reached its lowest daily jail population in recorded history.  Civil Rights Corps is partnered on the case with the MacArthur Justice Center at Northwestern and the Chicago-based law firm Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd.