As Chicago crime skyrockets, suddenly liberals are starting to realize “bail reform” was a really bad idea

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CHICAGO, IL – The East Lake View Neighbors held their first virtual meeting of the year on January 6th in which the topic was the growing crime rate in the city of Chicago.

One of the biggest items of note during the meeting was a State Senator conceding that the new bail reform law needs “a lot of changes.”

One of the main topics of the Zoom meeting was how the city and state leaders are working to ensure the safety of their citizens after the city finished its deadliest year since the 1990s.

Some believe that it is safer to remain in their homes than go out into the community for shopping or entertainment, something that City Alderman Tom Tunney thinks is a disgrace. Tunney said:

“We need people to be out and not afraid. The idea of staying in our homes, I don’t believe that’s the answer.”

Tunney went on to say that he and fellow alderman James Cappleman have pushed the issue of restaffing the 19th police district with Democratic Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Police Superintendent David Brown.

The 19th District is responsible for patrolling Lakeview and surrounding neighborhoods.

When Lightfoot first came into office in 2019, the district housed 382 sworn police officers and increased to a total of 416. However, since that time, staffing in the precinct has shrunk to barely 300, a number which Tunney alleges equates to an increase in crime. He said:

“Do the math and see the consequences.”

Democratic Illinois State Senator Sara Feigenholtz, who was a proud supporter of the recent criminal justice reform bill that went into effect in 2021, spoke about the increase in crime and seemingly admitted that there were errors in the bill. She said:

“We are looking very closely to some of the reforms that we enacted. It’s a big bill, and we’re gonna have to go back and make a lot of changes and remediate.

I don’t think that anybody bargained for repeat offenders and people who were in possession of a gun and accused of violent crime to be released on a bond…We have a lot of work to do.”

While the alderman’s that were present and Feigenholtz seem to concede that repeat offenders may be a problem, Cook County Assistant District Attorney Aileen Bhandari disagrees.

Bhandari claims that few violent offenders have been released on bond or electronic monitoring that go on to commit new crimes.

Bhandari cited a study conducted by Loyola University which found that 17 percent of defendants were charged with new crimes while on some type of bail in Cook County. The problem with the study is that it only analyzed information from late 2017 until early 2018.

More recent data, released by Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans in June of 2021, shows that 18.2 percent of people who are out on a felony bond are being charged with new crimes.

According to CWB Chicago, that number has been steadily increasing since 2017.

After Bhandari provided her reasoning as to why the recent bail reform laws have little impact on public safety, Feigenholtz chimed in:

“You talk about a Loyola study and blah blah blah…when you say you can’t tell us, you can’t give us data on who has violated conditions of their electronic monitoring and bond?”

Bhandari admitted that she did not have the number of those persons who are out on bond and/or electronic monitoring that go on to commit different crimes or violations of their release. She said:

“I don’t know how those numbers, because there’s a combination between the clerk’s office, bail bonds being filed…”

What this could mean, to Feigenholtz’s point, is that the Cook County judicial system is playing semantics when it comes to reporting who is being arrested while out on bond and/or electronic monitoring.

Are officials with the Cook County Judicial system only releasing information for new violent crime offenses and not the real number of everyone out on bond and/or electronic monitoring being arrested for any offense and/or violation of their bond requirements?

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Defund the police? Cook County blows past 1,000 homicides for the year for the first time in almost thirty years

COOK COUNTY, IL – Democratic lead Cook County, Illinois has failed over the last few years to get violent crime under control, specifically in the city of Chicago.

Now, the city which has been known for numerous homicides a week has surpassed a morbid historic mark, for the first time in 27 years, the county has seen 1,009 homicides this year, and there are still four weeks to go in 2021.

The city of Chicago has the most reported number of homicides in comparison to the unincorporated areas in Cook County. In total, the city has seen 777 confirmed homicides, and the remaining 23% or so have been reported in the county jurisdiction.

The youngest person was murdered as a 1-month-old boy while the oldest was an 84-year-old man.

Of the total number of homicides reported as of this article, 81 percent of the victims were black while the latino population accounts for under 15 percent. In all, 88 percent of those killed were male.

The City of Chicago has long faced criticism in how they respond to violent crime and their attempts to deter it.

Liberals and Democratic leaders claim that the violent crime is due to lack of gun controls in other areas of Illinois and the rest of the country while Republicans and conservatives point to the cause being the way in which they prosecute criminal cases.

Regardless of which opinion is right, the blame is falling on current Democratic Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot who accepts none of the responsibility.

 

Additionally, Lightfoot alluded that the rise in violent crime was due to the pandemic and prosecutors who are not placing the criminals behind bars. She said:

“[W]e are making progress in Chicago. We have a homicide clearance rate that’s about 45%. Certainly below what we expect, but better than we’ve been in about fix or six years.

We cleared more murders this year than we have in the last 10 years. So, we’re seeing progress made, but there’s no question that the COVID-related impact on the public safety system in Chicago, in New York, in L.A., D.C., and other cities across the country is real.

And what we’ve got to continue to do is make sure that we’re demanding of our courts and our prosecutors that they hold violent people accountable and keep them off the streets.”

 

Lightfoot did not stop there:

“It’s a huge issue for us in Chicago, and we have to continue fighting that fight. And then we’ve also got to play the long game at getting at the root causes of the violence, which is poverty, lack of investment, lack of jobs, and…lack of hope.

We got to disrupt the pipeline of young souls that are going to the streets and subject to the predatory tactics of gangs by giving them hope in a future that isn’t minding somebody’s corner spot.”

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