Electronic monitoring battle a costly...

Electronic monitoring battle a costly one

There are 6 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Aug 21, 2008, titled Electronic monitoring battle a costly one. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart has severely cut the number of criminal defendants released on electronic home monitoring, boosting the population at the crowded jail and costing the county millions in expenses.

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Danno

Princeton, IL

#1 Aug 21, 2008
Cook County is the only county in the USA in which the Sheriff unilaterally chooses who should be released on electronic monitoring. The only reason is that the judges in Cook County were not conducting proper bail hearings and were not using pre trial services to screen inmates for alternative release as required by Illinois law resulting in an unconstitutional condition of overcrowding at the Cook County Jail. As a result, a federal judge in 1983 ruled that IF THE STATE COURTS FAILEDTO DO THEIR DUTY only then was the Sheriff empowered to release detainees without any bond. No one ever thought the state court judges would continuously fail to do their duty for 25 years. If they can't make the decisions they are required to make by law, they should turn in their robes. The Sheriff is merely the inn keeper and should not be required to make decisions which are the province of the judicial branch of government.
observer

Chicago, IL

#2 Aug 22, 2008
This seems to be another example of a POLITICIAN making decisions based on his POLITICAL fututre and not the greater good. The citizens of Cook County obviously don't want violent offenders on the streets, but non violent felony offenders should be released to electronic home monitoring whenever possible. Why should we pay for their meals, healthcare, toiletries, etc. when they can be monitored at home.

The Cook County Sheriff's Office has spent considerable time, effort and MONEY to build a large infrastructure to electronically monitor inmates in their homes. Why then would we allow the VERY EXPENSIVE jail population to grow if we have the ability to monitor these inmates in their homes?

The answer seems very clear...

The sheriff is pushing HIS responsibility onto the Judges because of fear that releasing the "wrong person" could jeapordize HIS POLITICAL future.

Mr. Dart is the Sheriff of Cook County, sometimes leaders are forced to make difficult decisions. It comes with the job!
JayGee

Elmhurst, IL

#3 Aug 22, 2008
Dart tries as hard as he can to keep the numbers up in the jail so he, like the corrupt Sheriff before him can continue to use the "Jail Overcrowding" excuse (Which has always been a lie) as an excuse for all of their problems.
Gotta blame their problems on something beside the incompetent and corrupt administration they've always had.
Notice they say "Though the numbers have been down in recent years" - Yeah, only since people were actually looking into the actual numbers of inmates incarcerated and what the jail can actually house.
The Feds should look into this a little deeper also.
Where there is finger pointing, there is a problem, usually, which will remain a problem. Why? This is Cook County. The Corrupt Land of No-Accountability.
JG AT JAIL

Des Plaines, IL

#4 Sep 3, 2008
I work at the jail, have been there for 20yrs. Mr. Dart never wanted the job but it was the only one the democratic party had to give him. When Sheriff Sheahan was in charge he had 1500 out on the program help the officers inside. The imates on the program for the most part went along with the rules. The ones that didn't were reincarcerated. Those who did take off from the program get charged with escape under a state law which can give them several years in jail and make them considered escape risk while awaiting trial. It's all a game for Dart if you noticed how much he's on TV news. Must stay in the public eye so he can run for the office he rel wants. Look who he has running the jail. The Dir and his asst were running Statesville when richard Speeck had the camera. Now everyone wants to blame the officers in the jail for everything no staffing political promotions you name it they don't care about time on the job,military,education just who you know nothing will ever change because the county will keep paying the fines for duran decree 1000 aday. Talk to the guys in the department they'll tell the true story.
JG AT JAIL

Des Plaines, IL

#5 Sep 3, 2008
Hell look who the under sheriff is she was in charge of the drug testing program as a secetary now under sheriff, there are more civilians walking around with gold badges (bosses) then every, telling the guys in the treaches how to do there job. Hell we even send the inmates to Jefferson county 280 miles away wait until those law suits come in. Even the guys in the news business won't tell the whole story. Just keep paying the bill's no one real cares but if this was a real business you would care because you'd be out of work and money.
IMHO2

Elmhurst, IL

#6 Oct 10, 2008
Very well said JG AT JAIL.
I'm impressed that you speak truth.
You go dude.

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