Chicago’s jail is the latest and biggest target of a campaign against the cash bail system. Alec Karakatanis of Civil Rights Corps charges that thousands of people are in jail awaiting trial “not because they are dangerous but because they are poor.”
Attorney General Brian Frosh calls into question the longstanding practice of courts’ setting high bail to keep some suspects in jail. He says that judges may not “impose a financial condition solely to detain the defendant.”
Risk assessment algorithm will identify if suspect is at risk of committing a new crime or failing to return if released. Advocates hope the plan will allow more low-risk defendants to be diverted from the criminal justice system earlier.