Division 15 = house arrest, when you are monitored with an ankle bracelet and therefore, technically still in custody of the Cook County Department of Corrections (Cook County Jail).
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UPDATED – NEXT COURT HEARING 7/20/17
Update 12/9/16: UPDATE – On 12/9/16 Judge Cannon granted Motion to rewrite the order denying Motion to Declare Battery statute unconstitutional so that Shelton can immediately appeal it; however, when a crazy detainee bolted and ran into Shelton trying to escape on 12/9/16 Shelton was slightly injured and hearing rescheduled for 1/20/17 when order will be written and Shelton will finish her argument that charges are void due to prosecutor’s fraud upon the grand jury.
COME TO COURT and stand-up for an activist under siege from false charges and defamation of character meant to shut her up, who has been working behind the scenes to expose judicial, prosecutorial, and police misconduct in the Chicago area for 15 years.
Dr. Shelton is a behind the scenes activist for court reform, civil rights, and rights of minorities, poor, and disabled. Come to court12/9/16, room 506, 2600 S. California, Chicago at 10 AM and stand-up for her to show support for her fight against false arrest and abuse of minorities, poor, and disabled; against extortion of defendants by State charging exorbitant fees for processing bail bond; and against false arrest, malicious prosecution, and biased profiling of citizens.
Come to next court date 12/9/16 at 10 am rm 506. 2600 S California, Chicago, for argument that indictment should be stricken for fraud upon the grand jury by the State’s Attorney in failing to present fact that alleged act of “touching an officer’s ear” was induced/triggered by the Sheriff Courtroom Deputies violating ADA accommodations for disabled Shelton in that they pushed her, causing her to lose balance, and triggered a PTSD flashback, causing her to cower and waive her hands around her head believing she was being attacked.
UPDATE: 7/13/16 Judge Cannon denied motion to declare battery statute unconstitutional and defied higher courts by failing to state why this order was not immediately appealable, so Shelton cannont appeal this order until the end of the case. She has filed a motion to clarify the order and follow higher court precedent and declare that there is no reason to delay appeal of this order.
Shelton argued her motions to clarify 7/13/16 order denying motion to declare IL Battery Statute unconstitutional
Shelton’s argument for her motion to declare the IL battery statutes unconstitutional was rebutted by the state in June with the comment that they “stand on their pleadings.” Judge Cannon will issue her written opinion on the motion on 7/13/16, after taking the motion to declare the battery statute unconstitutional “under advisement” – see below. Read motion States Attorney Anita Alvarez has been totally unresponsive to Shelton’s concerns about unlawful arrests, malicious prosecutions, and illegal acts by Sheriff and police.
Sheriff Dart is a hypocrite in condoning his Sheriff Staff’s attack against whistle blowers and activists, defaming them with false claims of mental illness and false crimes of battery of officers and won’t discuss this with the press or his Staffs’ victims. He condones State’s Attorney Alvarez’ misconduct in office by helping to cover up officer misconduct, excessive force, medical neglect and abuse at the jail.
Cook County (Chicago) courts are full of false charges, malicious prosecutions of poor, disabled, minorities, and whistle blowers, as well as run by incompetent, corrupt, and bribed judges and attorneys. Judges and attorneys went to jail for this corruption and bribery 30 years ago in the famous “Greylord” prosecutions, but it still is as active as ever.
States Attorney Anita Alvarez charged Chicago Police Officer Servin with involuntary manslaughter for killing Rekia Boyd instead of the appropriate charge of murder. Judge Porter dismissed the involuntary manslaughter charge stating that the act was murder as he willfully fired into a crowd of people and dismissed the involuntary manslaughter charge. As he can’t be charged with a higher charge for the same crime, this officer got away with murder. Officer Servin was off duty on the night of March 21, 2012, when he got into a verbal altercation over loud music with a group of people gathered in a West Side alley. He said he felt in fear for his life when he fired over his shoulder into the crowd. One of the shots killed bystander Rekia Boyd, 22.
Yet SA Alvarez is charging Linda Shelton, a disabled activist, with felony aggravated battery to an officer for, in a courtroom, allegedly “touching an officer’s ear” with no injury. This brings a sentence of 3-14 years in prison if convicted.
Yet, the State through the court disability coordinator knew before the court date that I have multiple physical disabilities and use a walker –
(INCLUDING BALANCE ISSUES so when I’m push I reach out and grab with my hands to try and steady myself)
as well as that I have post-traumatic-stress disorder due to being beaten by police.
Shelton gave her a letter from Shelton’s psychiatrist who treated her for PTSD that states that Shelton “misperceive ongoing events” if the PTSD FLASHBACKS are triggered, that she cower and tries to protect herself with her arms waving around her head!
The courtroom SHERIFF STAFF PURPOSELY GRABBED SHELTON AND PUSHED HER TO TRIGGER A FLASHBACK then failed to “stand back” and give her time to “recover her mental equilibrium” and become aware of where she was, as recommended by her physician in this letter.
The sheriff staff and judge knew this before court – purposely triggered a flashback and therefore knew Shelton could not have conscious intent to “harm” and officer or make”insulting or provoking contact”. As this alleged crime would be a misdemeanor, since the “victim” was an officer, the SA raised the charge to a felony!!!
This was a violation of federal law as the court was REQUIRED to accommodate Shelton’s disabilities as she requested and listen to her doctor’s letter.
SHOW OUTRAGE AT THIS KIND OF CONDUCT BY THE SHERIFF STAFF AND STATES ATTORNEY!
Come to court and stand in gallery to show support for Dr. Linda Shelton who writes this blog and several other blogs exposing Cook County Court, Sheriff and police misconduct and crimes including http://cookcountyjudges.wordpress.com and http://chicagofbi.wordpress.com. Shelton needs a large grass roots effort to protect her so these web sites are not shut down. Show support for her fight against false arrest, excessive force, excessive sentencing, lack of rehabilitation, lack of restorative justice, illegal bond retention statute, unconstitutional battery statute, illegal procedures in divorce and probate court, wrongful theft of estates from elderly by court-appointed guardians.
Next hearing on case 12 CR 22504 is 1/20/17,, room 506 at 10 am 2600 S California, Chicago, IL
Fantastic news is that on Sept. 30, Shelton argued her motion to declare part of the Illinois Bail statute unconstitutional which allows the state to keep 10% of the bail bond paid, as a fee for processing the bond, despite the fact that it costs the same amount to process a $100 bond check as a $30,000 bond check.
So it is exploitation & fraud to charge one person $10 and the other $3,000 for this one service, whether they are innocent or guilty. In Illinois if you pay 10% of the bail (i.e. the bail bond) you can get out of jail pretrial on bond, but if you don’t show up for court, the state can declare that you forfeited the whole amount of bail ($300,000 for which you pay $30,000 to get out of jail) and then go after collecting it from you. Read the motion that will be argued here.
Judge Cannon said she was going to grant this motion – but then she entered and continued it after the argument was over saying that Shelton didn’t have standing because the clerk had not yet withheld the money. That is baloney as the clerk has already collected the bond money so by statute must keep the 10% fee. A new law will go into effect in Jan. 2016 that in counties greater than 3 million people the clerk may not keep more than $100 of the bond, but this still means the law is unconstitutional. Judge Cannon acted illegally by continuing her ruling until the end of the case.
Hear Judge Cannon’s written opinion on Shelton’s motion on 7/13/16 in court rm 506, 2600 S. California, 10 am. On 5/9/16,, Shelton argued her motion that the IL aggravated battery statute is unconstitutional. She needs a continued big audience 4 her case – PLEASE APPEAR IN THE GALLERY.
We must stand together against the Cook County INJUSTICE SYTEM!!
Now they are trying to shut me up by charging me with felony battery for “touching an officer’s ear” during a PTSD flashback the officers triggered using information they received from the court disability coordinator – where I requested disability accommodations including not doing things that trigger flashbacks and backing-off if a flashback occurred until it passed as recommended by psychiatrist Dr. Robert Galatzer-Levy. The Cook County Courts pervasively refuse to accommodate litigants’ disabilities and use their disabilities against them.
Possible sentence up to 14 years is outrageous, disproportionate and unconstitutional. I also have motions challenging the bond retention statute as unconstitutional and the battery statute as unconstitutional. Come to court and stand in gallery – help me fill gallery – or the judge will blatantly violate the constitution and laws if there are few witnesses. Help me get press coverage!! Help me please as much as possible get this covered. Next hearing on case 12 CR 22504 is 1/20/17,, room 506 10 am 2600 S California, Chicago, IL
For more information read this blog post:
Read about abuses of litigants by Judge Cannon
The truth about the Boot Camp from someone who went through it. The glowing claims are false
He was sentence to Cook County Boot Camp by the Judge and was told it was a 4 month in house followed by 8 months home. Once they arrive to boot camp after waiting in the Cook County jail for 2 months, they was told the program was now 6 months in house and 8 months home. They was threaten and force to sign a form agreeing to the new revised 6 months or either face the judge for sentence of 6 years or better.
Also they was told the program has many programs, job skill and things that can help them once they are released. Well none of that is to be true, they do exercise in the morning. Some attend school that don’t have High School diploma while the others do absolutely nothing with there time but stand. If they are lucky they get to clean inside the building by washing walls ,mopping, cleaning. So how can this be a reform program and there is nothing for them to do.
Tom Dart should be ashamed how he got on national television and spoke out of his mouth how the program has been revise with 4 month in house teaching them gardening skill alone with various other recreational programs. Not one of them seem a garden let alone any other skills. Is there anything that can be done about this,if nothing else this program should be closed down.
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First figure out where your loved one is housed by searching for the location. The first number is the Division number.
Then look up where the division entrance is located – for example divisions 5 and 8 are located at the big white gate 1/2 block south of 26th and California. This link will also tell you the visitation rules. You cannot visit if you have been incarcerated in the last six months or if you are on parole or probation (without your institution’s or officer’s permission).
Go to the official web site of the jail and follow the directions. You can send money to the inmate to buy food and snacks, cards to mail, paper and stamps, personal supplies like deodorant and hair remover, or clothing (long johns, underwear, socks, shower shoes).
What does LOSS OF GOOD TIME CREDIT MEANS . ( Also this person is on House detention . )
Update: 5/2015 Apparently the in jail time has been increased to 6 months.
The following web sites have useful information about the boot camp or “Vocational Rehabilitation Impact Center” . The boot camp is for non-violent male offenders between the age of 17 and 35, mostly drug offenders. The boot camp is run like in the military with vigorous physical exercise starting at 5:30 am and a very regimented day with classes and work. There is strict discipline from waking to sleeping and the detainees must do every little thing exactly as told including how they hold their trays in meal lines.
The V.R.I.C. is located on a 10.2 acre complex at 2801 South Rockwell Avenue in Chicago Illinois.
The one year program is split into two phases, the Residential and Post Release Phase. The Residential Phase consists of eighteen weeks of intense military discipline and education. The Post Release Phase lasts for a total of eight months and consists of daily interaction with an assigned case manager.
The inmates live in platoon style dormitories with 48 inmates in each platoon.
There are a total of 10 buildings on the compound, including two educational buildings, four dormitories, a mess hall, an intake dormitory containing medical and counseling offices, an administration building, a gatehouse, and a gymnasium. The gymnasium is utilized for graduation ceremonies and s a physical training area in inclement weather only. All of the inmates time is focused on training and education towards the goal of graduating the program, there is no recreational free time for the inmates. (from the Sheriff’s web site)
You can read about it on these web sites.
The Cook County Sheriff’s Vocational Rehabilitation Impact Center or V.R.I.C. is designed to provide court-ordered non-violent offenders [first] a 4-month strict detention program based on basic discipline, educational skills, counseling and alcohol/substance abuse treatment. In addition, the V.R.I.C. provides training in vocational skills in computer recycling, gardening and carpentry with external resources provided by the Chicago Botanic Garden and Chicago Prison Outreach. The V.R.I.C. also features an 8-month long post-release supervision program where participants receive follow on counseling and preparation in job skills and placement. [Therefore the program is a year long] The Participant returns to the V.R.I.C. on a daily basis for the duration of the 8-months to continue the life skills program. (quotation from the Sheriff’s web site) [The detainees wear an ackle bracelet and are on home detention during the 8 month follow up program.]
Visitation in the Boot Camp is NOT ALLOWED for the FIRST 30 days.
Visits are assigned a day and time, either Saturday or Sunday, after the inmate’s first 30 days in camp. The inmate is responsible for notifying his family and friends of his address.Matt JaekyDeputy Director of IntakeCook County Boot CampPhone 1 773 674 6317
Read the following blog article for more details:
Don’t be discouraged that no judges were voted off in 2012 or 2016. It will take time and several election rounds. Keep passing the word to all your relatives and friends that we should not neglect the judicial retention ballot but should pledge to each other to always vote “NO” on all the judges on the retention ballot. Eventually our voices will be heard.
Keep voting no on all judges at every election on the judicial retention ballots. Pass the word. Make a statement. Stand up and stand together against judicial and court corruption. Tell all your friends. There is power in numbers.
When enough people vote no and the judges are removed en masse, then the press and the legislature and the rest of the public will start listening about excessive sentencing, wrongful convictions, corrupt judges stealing estates of elderly, disabled, and children, and all the rest of the corruption in the Cook County courts including bribery.
Read about the bribery here. Read about corruption and unlawful convictions here. Add your voice by voting no. Remember the Jon Burge victims! Remember the murder of Chairman Hampton! Remember all those rotting in prison and jail on false charges and excessive sentences and all those once out of jail who can’t find a job or place to llive due to a false conviction or the stigma against former inmates.
UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL – START STANDING TOGETHER INSTEAD OF FIGHTING EACH OTHER’S GANGS! WE WANT JOBS, RESPECT, OPPORTUNITY, EDUCATION, JUSTICE!
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The acting Executive Director for the Jail, Gary Hickerson, has developed a new visitor policy effective October 4, 2012. This policy will vastly limit visitors including family members and will cause inmates, especially those that are hospitalized to be severely isolated. The detailed new rules policy is here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/114373994/Visiting-rules-for-Cook-County-Jail
No one may visit unless they are on an approved visitor’s list. The detainee is limited to a list of 7 people.
The detainee/inmate must obtain an “Inmate Visitor Request/Change Form” from the “Correctional Rehabilitation Worker = CRW [Social Worker]” You can print one out here: http://www2.cookcountysheriff.org/search2/FCN-40_APR12_InmateVisitorRequest23SEP_12_English_AdobeReader_102512.pdf
You have to give your name, address and not a PO box or empty lot – the jail will verify your address, driver license number or state ID number, relationship to detainee, and birthdates of visitors you want on your list. As inmates’ cell phones, palm pilots, address books and all property including pieces of paper are confiscated, I don’t know how the detainees/inmates will be able to obtain the info needed to fill out the form. They may have to call family on a land line or write to them and wait for a response before they can fill out the form for people they don’t have this information in their head.
The detainee/inmate must submit the form to the CRW (social worker) who daily must take it to the records department. The records department is to do a warrant and criminal history check and verify your address within 24 hrs.
The records department will do a warrant check on all proposed visitors and check to see if they have been incarcerated in the jail within the past 60 days, are on parole or probation, are a “security risk” (I don’t know what this means, but it may mean that if you were convicted of passing contraband or are in a gang, you may have a problem), then they will deny you visitation rights.
Every fifth visitor will be randomly checked for outstanding warrants and if they have one, they will be arrested after visiting the detainee/inmate.
Each detainee/inmate is limited to 7 names on their visitor list. If they have a large family, then they must ask for an exception from the superintendant, by making a request through the social worker.
If you are in a hospital, visits are limited to immediate family only (siblings, children, parents, grandparents). For exceptions you will have to make requests to the social worker and that will be difficult because they may or may not come to see you once a week. Obviously this will be impossible for inmates/detainees that are so sick that they are unconscious or intubated. Then they will be deprived of the closeness and face-to-face prayers in their time of greatest need.
If you are visiting from over 150 miles away, then you don’t need to be on the list for the first 30 days. You can visit four times in one month, but you will be checked by computer for warrants. After 30 days you have to be on the visitor’s approved list. All out of town visitors will have a warrant check and criminal check done while they are visiting and if there is a warrant they will be arrested.
You can request to change your list once every 30 days.
Attorneys and clergy do not have to be on your visitor list.
No more than two adults and four children may visit at one time.
A particular person may visit an inmate only once a week, even though each unit has two 1/2 day visiting days.
Hospital visits are Wed 11-8 for Stroger Hosp and Thur 11-8 for other hospitals. These are NON-contact and guards will watch you constantly. Therefore you will not be able to have ANY private conversations. ONLY immediate family may visit those in hospitals and as many don’t have family and only have friends or common law spouses, they will not be allowed visitors. This is outrageous.
The bottom line is that the jail wants to make sure they get anyone with an outstanding warrant, that they don’t allow visitors on parole, probation, or who have recently been released from jail or prison, and they want to limit the number of visitors. This new policy has flaws mainly because it will be hard for detainees inmates to access their information about addresses, birthdays, etc that they may need to fill out the forms and there will be a lag time or delay in getting visitors approved. This will cause increasing isolation and despair and decrease access to family and friends and other support groups. Those who are ill or mentally ill will have tremendous difficulty complying and dealing with this new policy. They will suffer greatly. Being innocent or ill and hospitalized chained to the bed and isolated will be even more devastating.
We need to have lots of people write complaints to Cook County Board President Tony Preckwinckle and the press.
Cook County Board
President Tony Preckwinkle
118 N. Clark Street Room 537
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: (312) 603-6400
Fax: (312) 443-4397
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