Cook County Board Finance Committee - Departmental Budget Hearings
October 25, 2018
Commissioners present: Boykin, Goslin, Deer, Morrison, Schneider, Tobolski, Silvestri, Daley
Chief Judge - Tim Evans
Silvestri: Q: Where will the defendants of closed courts go. Ans: Grand & Central will pick up the Belmont cases and 111th Street will pick up the 51st and Wentworth cases.
Boykin: Urged more Restorative Justice Community Courts beyond the one in Lawndale.
Ans: A second court will be coming to Austin followed by Englewood. Evans noted that a courtroom isn’t needed. A room with a circular chair set up and good security are the two main facility requirements.
Boykin asked how many teens are in the Juvenile Temporary Detention Facility. Ans: 189 of which 21 to 25 are female.
Boykin then asked if the Judge had everything needed for the electronic monitoring system (EM). Ans: Evans noted Sheriff Dart’s objections to some releases to EM but reminded the Commissioners that the law calls for pre-trial release unless there is a “clear and present danger”. Dart had said that 9 people charged with murder were put on EM. Judge Evans said that 1-2 were police officers and the other 7 were higher risks but presumed innocent and put on EM because they were not assessed as a clear and present danger. He went on to say that he has received a pledge from stakeholders to stand behind judges when [not if] a released defendant commits a major crime while released and awaiting trial. He stated that 9 out of 10 on EM to date commit no crime during release or fail to appear in court.
Deer: Thanked Evans for his work and his compassion and said he is impressed by the Juvenile Detention Center and the Lawndale Restorative Justice Courts.
Daley: Commended the Restorative Justice Court and said that more are needed.
Observer - Diane Edmundson Meeting Length: 45 min.
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