At the same time that a 50% increase in homicides was detected in Chicago compared to the same period last year, the decision of judges to release hundreds of detainees under the electronic monitoring system accused of murder, robbery, or illegal possession of weapons was surprising.
According to a Chicago Sun Times report, the number of criminals released on bail and ordered to wear electronic monitoring bracelets has skyrocketed this year in Cook County, including more than 1,000 people accused of murder, robbery, or illegal gun possession.
Judges in Chicago have ordered that a large number of criminals be placed in an electronic monitoring program instead of going to jail. This measure was deeply criticized by police officials, who have no doubt that this is the cause of the substantial increase in criminal activity recently.
While members of the judiciary, such as Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, reject the police department’s claim that people on bail are responsible for the increase in violent crime in Chicago.
Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said after a bloody Independence Day weekend during which two children, ages 7 and 14, died, “My hope is that the death of these young people will not be in vain and will pierce the hearts of the decision-makers who release violent criminals on electronic monitoring in these same communities,” according to the Chicago Sun Times.
Their wishes were not granted, paroles for dangerous prisoners continued, and cases of violence continue to rise.
The Police Department gave the Chicago Sun Times several examples of violent criminals who committed more crimes while subject to electronic monitoring.
One of these is 18-year-old Chrishawn Thomas, who is accused of robbing a female driver in March at gunpoint. He was granted $500 bail and placed under electronic monitoring. Weeks later, the Cook County Sheriff’s Office received an “unauthorized absence” alert regarding Thomas.
Hours later, he allegedly shot an off-duty Chicago police officer during an attempted robbery. The officer responded to the fire and hit Thomas in the legs. Thomas was arrested and is being held without bail.
According to Fox News, Chief Cook County Judge Timothy Evans said judges “must balance the right of the defendant to be presumed innocent with any evidence that the defendant would pose a real and present threat to the physical safety of any person.”
However, in response to calls to reduce costs in the police and prison system, coupled with the pretext of the dangerous transmission of the CCP Virus in the prisons, the number of people released and under surveillance has increased considerably to allow for the reduction of the prison population.
More than 3,330 people in Cook County alone are being monitored electronically, an increase of nearly 50 percent from last year, according to the Times.
On Tuesday, the sheriff’s office announced from a statement on its official website that it will switch from radio frequency systems to GPS bracelets. They are expected to be available in October. The new bracelets will allow for sending messages to the person, using vibrations, goofballs, and voice calls to communicate with the person wearing the bracelet.