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Cook County Receives MacArthur Grant to Reduce Jail Population

by Mary C. Piemonte

Chief Cook County Circuit Judge Timothy C. Evans and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle with Judge George Leighton in June 2012. Photo by Mary C. Piemonte

Chief Cook County Circuit Judge Timothy C. Evans (right) and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle with Judge George Leighton in June 2012. Photo by Mary C. Piemonte

Although there is growing attention to the large number of Americans confined in state and federal prisons nationally, much  less attention has been paid to local jails.

A large percentage of the inmate population of both sentenced offenders and pretrial detainees are in jail for nonviolent offenses such as traffic, property, drug or public order violations.

And low-income individuals and communities of color across the nation disproportionately experience the negative consequences of incarceration, according to Cook County public officials in the criminal justice system.

However, Cook County was one of 20 jurisdictions from 45 states selected on May 27, 2015, to receive a $150,000 planning grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation “to reduce the number of low level nonviolent offenders incarcerated in the Cook County Jail.”

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Report on Cook County Jail

by Mary C. Piemonte

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle talking about the effect the War on Drugs policies has had on the county criminal justice system during the “Rethinking the War on Drugs” symposium at Northwestern Law School on Feb. 20, 2014.

More raw footage of Preckwinkle talking about the “unfair and inequitable” American criminal justice system practices, during a talk with actress Anna Deavere Smith on ” Grace and Politics” at Logan Center for the Arts on Jan. 13, 2014 here.

Cook County Board President on “unfair and inequitable” criminal justice system practices

by Mary C. Piemonte

Cook County Board President talking about the American Justice system with Actress Anna Deavere Smith and David Axelrod in early January 2014..  Photo by Mary C. Piemonte

Cook County Board President talking about the American Justice system with Actress Anna Deavere Smith and David Axelrod in early January 2014.  Photo by Mary C. Piemonte

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has been a vocal advocate for alternative options to sentencing youth charged with low-level crimes, including drug-related offenses. Continue reading

Preckwinkle on “Racism” in the American Criminal Justice System

by Mary C. Piemonte


Raw footage of Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle talking about the “unfair and inequitable” American criminal justice system practices,  during a talk with actress Anna Deavere Smith on ” Grace and Politics” at Logan Center for the Arts moderated by Alexis Axelrod and organized by University of Chicago Institute of Politics, Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, and University of Chicago Arts on Jan. 13, 2014.