Defend Bail Reform in Cook County

February 20, 2019 - 8:30 AM - 11 AM

219 South Dearborn Street

Supporting Organizations: Chicago Community Bond Fund

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On Wednesday, February 20th, we’re going to back to court to support Thedford Garber Law in their lawsuit against Sheriff Tom Dart’s inexcusable behavior in refusing to release people from jail that judges had ordered released while awaiting trial. Join us in supporting this class action lawsuit and defending bail reform from Sheriff Dart’s attacks! Please arrive before 8:30am to ensure you have passed through security and are seated in court before proceedings begin.

Last year, CCBF worked with Thedford Garber law to support Taphia Williams. After we paid Ms. Williams’ $5,000 bond, Sheriff Tom Dart refused to release her into electronic monitoring for more than three days, citing his disagreement with the judge’s decision. In February 2018, Dart announced the implementation of unilateral reviews by his office for people whose bond conditions he found unsatisfactory in interviews with the Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune. Under that practice, Sheriff’s Office employees detained individuals even after their bonds had been paid or they are otherwise eligible for release in order to conduct additional discretionary reviews of their current charges and background.