(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: Lightfoot Could Announce Vaccine Mandate For City Workers 'Soon'; Talks With Labor Unions Underway
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: Over 18,000 Unemployment Claims Filed In Illinois Last Week Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
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: Chicago Bears Fans Arrive At Training Camp
But County Board President Toni Preckwinkle says there’s more work to do because many minorities stay behind bars while waiting on their cases.