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Pretrial detention is hurting low-income citizens, experts say

Marc FilippinoReboot Illinois

Oct 04, 2016

Illinois’ bail system discriminates against low-income defendants, people of color and often causes unnecessary pretrial detention of those charged with nonviolent offenses, speakers at a criminal justice reform said Tuesday.

“It’s at every level. Who gets stopped? Who gets frisked? Who gets arrested? What are they charged with? How are they being treated by law enforcement,” said Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. “The pervasive racism in this country has an impact on a lot of different arenas, but especially when it comes to the criminal justice system.”

Preckwinkle’s remarks came that the start of an Illinois Justice Project forum…

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