The Bail Project – Chicago serves people incarcerated at the Cook County Jail in the Circuit Court of Cook County court system.
With 3 million people, Chicago is the most populous city where we work. Once home to the largest jail site by incarcerated population, the number of people detained at Cook County Jail plummeted by nearly half since the court implemented moderate bail reform in 2017. However, thousands are still held on pretrial incarceration on any given day, and the court has increased the use of algorithms to determine who should be released from jail before trial. In addition, bail reform has been a source of political tension in the city, with Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the Chicago Police Department blaming reforms as a source of ongoing gun violence—contrary to evidence.
Need help paying bail in Chicago? Please fill out the form below and a Bail Disruptor will get back to you soon.