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Press Contact: Jeremy Cherson, Director of Communications


(CHICAGO, ILLINOIS)  – Today, the Illinois State Supreme Court upheld the Pretrial Fairness Act in its entirety. David Gaspar, Chief Executive Officer of The Bail Project, issued the following statement:

“Today, the Illinois State Supreme Court affirmed what we’ve always known – that cash bail is un-American, it upends foundational American rights that everyone is equal under the law and innocent until proven otherwise and has no place in our state statutes or constitutions. Where it exists, cash bail creates a two-tiered system of justice: one where those who can afford to pay bail get released, and another where those who are too poor to pay bail are forced to remain incarcerated while awaiting trial. With cash bail gone in Illinois, it’s time for policymakers to immediately fund and scale effective non-financial alternatives to cash bail like court notifications, travel assistance and referrals to crucial supportive services that help people return to court and avoid justice-system involvement altogether. Our own work demonstrates that with these smart investments and enough support, people will return to court more than 90% of the time without any of their own money on the line.”

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Director of Communications and Publications

Jeremy Cherson

As the Director of Communications and Publications, Mr. Cherson directs the organization’s communications, earned media and public relations, internal communications, and publications strategies. With more than fifteen years of experience in criminal justice reform, community-based research, government operations, and research and project management, Mr. Cherson joined The Bail Project in 2020 as the Senior Policy Advisor, where he helped develop the organization’s policy team and oversaw several state and local-level advocacy campaigns. Before The Bail Project, Mr. Cherson served in several positions within the de Blasio administration at the New York City Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, where his work included the development of the Mayor’s Action Plan for Neighborhood Safety, a citywide community safety intervention grounded in the principles of participatory justice and where he also led the DOJ-funded Smart Defense Initiative to improve the administration and oversight of New York City’s Assigned Counsel Plan. He received a B.S. in film and television from Boston University and an M.P.A. in public and nonprofit management and policy from New York University.