Cook County Board of Commissioners Finance Committee Departmental Budget Hearings
October 24, 2018
Commissioners Absent: Butler, Fritchey, Goslin, Gainer and Garcia.
State's Attorney (SA) Kim Fox stated that:
There was a question regarding the money spent on outside counsel, which is significantly different between inside or outside counsel. SA Fox asked for money to hire 16 attorneys (the number that was lost previously). This would allow her to decrease outside counsel and save money. Request is for $945,000 up to $1.3 million for FTE’s.
SA Fox discussed a felony review guidebook for Chicago Police Department with the goal to have consistency with charging.
Suffredin asked about the revenue generated from civil diversion: Narcotic forfeiture fund (modeled after New York) and the Records automation fund where money comes from the state. More money is not being generated because they don’t have enough resources.
SA Fox discussed community justice centers for the south and west sides. Idea is to invest resource in prosecutorial engagement. Prosecutor office is involved at the end of the process rather than front end. SA Fox wants more money for resources to put in crime reduction investment and prevention.
Observer - Laura Davis
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