Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy has found a new way to keep gang members off their street corners: Keep them locked up until they pay up. On July 17, the department stopped releasing gang members from police stations on no-cash bonds for misdemeanor arrests, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. If they can't make their often-low bond amount, they have to wait to go to court. That means sitting behind bars for up to 48 hours at times.
So far, more than 1,300 gang members across the city have been denied no-cash bonds, also known as I-bonds or recognizance bonds. “By denying the I-bond, they're not right back on the street where they can be targets or potential shooters,” McCarthy said. “It's a cooling-off period.” The idea came from his own cops. In a focus group, his officers complained gang members were back on the street faster than the officers could fill out paperwork for misdemeanor arrests, such as assault charges stemming from a fight or low-level narcotics charges.