Bail Reform

Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans issued a report on May 9, 2019 that reviews the initial results of his order that established new bail practices in the Circuit Court of Cook County.

General Order 18.8A took effect on September 18, 2017. The report compares outcomes in two 15-month time periods before and after the order’s effective date: (1) July 1, 2016 through September 30, 2017 and (2) October 1, 2017 through December 31, 2018.

The report shows that the increased release of pretrial defendants from jail did not increase the threat to public safety in Cook County. In fact, the first full year of bail reform in 2018 coincided with a nearly 8 percent decline in violent crimes reported in Chicago.


Bail Reform in Cook County - An Examination of General Order 18.8A and Bail in Felony Cases (May 9, 2019)

Appendix Table 1A Initial Bail Order Distribution for Pre G.O. 18.8A Male Defendants by Top Charge Category and Class, PSA-Risk, and Race/Ethnicity

Appendix Table 1B Initial Bail Order Distribution for Pre G.O. 18.8A Female Defendants by Top Charge Category and Class, PSA-Risk, and Race/Ethnicity

Appendix Table 1C Initial Bail Order Distribution for Post G.O. 18.8A Male Defendants by Top Charge Category and Class, PSA-Risk, and Race/Ethnicity

Appendix Table 1D Initial Bail Order Distribution for Post G.O. 18.8A Female Defendants by Top Charge Category and Class, PSA-Risk, and Race/Ethnicity 

Appendix Table 2 Distribution of 10% D-Bond Bail Amounts for Pre vs. Post Defendants by Gender, Top Charge Category and Class, PSA-Risk, and Race/Ethnicity

Appendix Table 3 Pretrial Rate of Release by Gender, Top Charge Category and Class, PSA-Risk, and Race/Ethnicity 

Appendix Table 4 Court Appearance and Community Safety Rate for Pretrial Defendants by Gender, Top Charge Category and Class, PSA-Risk, and Race/Ethnicity

To access the record-level analytical data set for the 30-month period (July 1, 2016 through December 31, 2018) from which this report and its appendices were created, please click on the files below.  Please note, due to the amount of data being presented and the file-size limitation of the website, data is broken down into six segments:

        Segment 1
        Segment 2
        Segment 3
        Segment 4
        Segment 5
        Segment 6 

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