Criminal Justice Interest Group
Topics of Focus
Meetings are held every other month to discuss the information that has been gathered by interviewing the stakeholders within the system. On the alternate months we meet to have a book discussion. The books deal with criminal justice issues.
The Criminal Justice Group completed a 6 week project in partnership with the Civic Federation to compare pre-trial hearings before and after the Pretrial Fairness Act takes effect January 1, 2023. Fourteen League members listened in on 25 sessions of Central Bond Court along with 2 members of the Civic Federation. We heard over 1000 cases. These findings will be compared to those we find in 2023 when we repeat the project.
Read the report with analysis and recommendations on the Civic Federation's Website.
Publications & Additional Resources
Update on the Pre Trial Systems Report of the
Criminal Justice Interest Group of LWVCC
Issued February, 2019
The update summarizes the progress made on each of the recommendations from the December 16, 2015 report and assesses further steps the Criminal Justice Interest Group will undertake to further each goal.
READ THE FULL UPDATE HERE
PRETRIAL SYSTEMS: REPORT OF THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE INTEREST GROUP, December 16, 2015.
The League thanks all who were interviewed for this study for their time and input.
League Recommendations to Improve Pretrial Services in Cook County
Please contact Jan Goldberg