The Illinois Supreme Court released a critical and unprecedented report Friday into how Cook County’s court system handles criminal suspects, pointing to a lack of leadership and basic understanding of certain court services that has contributed to defendants unnecessarily awaiting trial behind bars.
The audit comes as Cook County Circuit Court Chief Judge Timothy Evans has fallen under increased scrutiny over how he has managed of one of the largest court systems in the country.
The review focused on pretrial services — a unit within the court’s adult probation department. The unit was originally designed, in part, to ease jail overcrowding by helping judges decide whether defendants should be kept in custody or released while their criminal cases move through the courts. Read More
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