(CBS) — Cook County has received a nearly $2 million grant to support its bail reform efforts.
WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports from the Loop.READ MORE: Another Victim Of Serial Killer John Wayne Gacy Identified: Francis Wayne Alexander, Of North Carolina
Julia Stasch, President of the John D. And Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, says Cook County was given the $1.85 million Justice Challenge Grant for comprehensive programs to reduce the number of people held in jail as they await trial.READ MORE: Teen Charged In Pair Of September 2020 Carjackings On South Side
Chief Cook County Judge Tim Evans says the courts how have guidelines that allow most non-violent defendants to go free without posting cash bond.MORE NEWS: Desperate To Find More Staff, Some Fast Food Restaurants Recruiting Customers
But County Board President Toni Preckwinkle says there’s more work to do because many minorities stay behind bars while waiting on their cases.