Cook County won’t tell police who’s been released from jails in coronavirus crisis

Cook County won’t tell police who’s been released from jails in coronavirus crisis

[Ed. – That’s ridiculous.  It takes an additional political motive to not do what’s normal in this circumstance — i.e., release of jail inmates, whatever the reason — which is to record the event so law enforcement agencies are aware of it.  Now it appears that Cook County wants to protect released inmates from tracking in the same way some jurisdictions are protecting them because they’re illegal aliens.  Yet there is no special privilege these released inmates should have: they’re not being released because they have the coronavirus, but only because other people do.  There is zero justification for not letting the police know which ones of them are on the loose again.]

Cook County, home of Chicago, released hundreds of inmates from its jails during the coronavirus crisis. But good luck trying to find out who is back on the streets or what crimes they are accused of committing.

The prosecutors and public defenders, who handle the cases in special COVID-19 court hearings, keep a close hold on the information and refuse to share it with the public or other law enforcement agencies.

The Cook County Sheriff’s Office that runs the jail says it doesn’t know who was released because of the coronavirus.

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Even the Chicago Police Department says it’s in the dark about inmates who have been released.

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