We are calling on the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office to take additional steps to dramatically lower the number of people in jail in response to COVID-19.
Specifically, the office should:
1. Decline to file new charges in cases that do not involve danger to a specific person;
2. Agree to release most people seeking bond reviews from custody without payment of money;
3. Immediately dismiss all pending misdemeanors and class 4 felony cases not involving danger to a specific person, starting with cases in which people are in jail; and
4. Cease filing violations of probation and violations of bail bonds for technical violations or reasons not involving danger to a specific person.