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  • Linda Shelton 11:20 pm on July 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: CCDOC, , discharge, processing out, release policy, release procedure, release process,   

    Bond and Release process or release procedure from Cook County Jail 

    UPDATE: 3-11-15 Apparently there is a new procedure where you can designate a person other than the defendant to receive the bond refund. I don’t know if it is on the bond form or not or if there is some other paperwork you have to request when paying the bond.

    After the detainee is scheduled for release by the court he must go through a discharge procedure. He/she will not be able to tell you a time to pick him/her up and the jail won’t be able to tell you a time either.

    Make sure to also read the official Cook County Jail web site’s bonding page: http://www.cookcountysheriff.org/doc/doc_Bonding.html

    If he/she is in court in the morning, then they will be returned to their unit in the jail by about noon to 3 pm. If they are being released then they will be given their clothing and told  to dress and put their bedding into the linen bags.

    They will be escorted to the discharge area where they will have to wait anywhere from 1 to 8 hrs for release. They will have paperwork filled out and they will be identified multiple times to make sure they are releasing the right person. If on bond they have to sign and receive bond papers.  If they are  on any medications, then this will prolong the process as the doctor has to write the orders, the pharmacy has to fill them, and the detainee must be escorted to the pharmacy to pick them up.

    If they are to be electronically monitored, then more time is needed to  be processed for this.

    The process begins around 8 am if the detainee has finished a sentence and is scheduled for release on a specific day.

    Nothing is done during shift changes and for an hour before and after. That is between 6 am and 8 am and 2 pm and 4 pm. Shift changes are at 7 am, 3 pm and 11 pm.

    A person can be released any time of the day or night and on weekends and holidays also, if bond is paid or there is a court order.

    When processing is complete they will be released out of Division 5 – the big white gate a 1/2 block south of 26th street on California avenue.  There is NO PLACE to wait for the detainee, even if they are ill, disabled in a wheelchair or it is storming or snowing. People picking them up have to wait on the sidewalk or in their cars.

    The inmate will not be able to call you because their cell phone battery will be dead by the time they are released. They receive their money as a check and therefore they have no change to make a  phone call.

    They are only given a bus pass, along with any property the jail staff have not conveniently “misplaced”, along with a check for their money that was placed in the commissary if released before 5 pm. If released at night or evening, then they have to come back to the jail during business hours to pick up their check.

    Bond money will be mailed as a check to their last known address six to eight weeks after their trial is over with or the charges are dismissed. The clerk keeps 10 % of the bond as a processing fee, no matter how large the bond. ($10 for a $100 bond;  $1000 for a $10,000 bond)

    You will not be able to call the jail and find out when they will be released. They will not answer that question.

    So if they were scheduled for release that day – expect the detainee to emerge between around 9 am and noon.

    If they are being released after a court hearing, expect them to be released around 4 to 8 pm, rarely between noon and 2 pm.

    If they are released after bail is posted expect to have to wait from 2-6 hrs before they emerge (not counting shift change time [7 am, 3 pm, 11 pm] and the hour before and after shift change).

    • Mary 9:54 pm on November 20, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Does cook county still hold illegal immigrants that are detained for ICE?

      • Linda Shelton 10:33 pm on November 20, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        I don’t know if they have a contract, but I do know that some illegal immigrants who are in jail pretrial because they can’t pay a bond have a “hold” on them by the immigration service as an illegal immigrant or an illegal immigrant with a criminal history so when and if they are found innocent or released, they will be taken into custody for ICE and will be deported.

        • Viviana 11:58 am on February 15, 2013 Permalink

          In September 2011, the County passed a new law that prohibits the Sheriff from holding people pursuant to adminstrative requests by ICE because these requests are not based on probable cause and often result in unlawful detention – so if they are eligible for release they will be released. They will NOT be released if a judge believes they pose a flight risk or public safety threat, and they will NOT be released if there is a outstanding criminal warrant for their arrest. See, http://www.jesusgarciaforcookcounty.com/p/in-news.html

    • Maggie 7:33 pm on December 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      You seem very knowledgeable and I am very lost right now, my boyfriend got sentenced to 365 days ( for a misdemeanor driving on revoked!!!!!!!) we were not expecting this at all, is there a place where I can look up his release date?

      • Linda Shelton 11:52 am on December 30, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        Take his sentencing date and add 182 days (he automatically gets day for day good time credits so he will do six monts), then subtract the number of days credit he was given by the judge for the days he was in jail after being arrested. This will get you his out date.

      • Linda Shelton 12:34 am on December 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        You can look it up at the Illinois Department of Correction web site when you search under “inmate search”. His release date is calculated by taking the sentencing date, going back on the calender the number of days he got credit for serving at cook county jail and then adding 180 days (1/2 year as he gets automatic day for day good time credit, which can be revoked if he acts up in prison).

    • Toni Anthony 9:24 pm on January 21, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Will the Wait After Paying a D Bond Be Possilbly Over Night?

      • Linda Shelton 7:01 pm on January 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        No – he should be released before then. If you paid it at 5-9 pm however, he may not get out until 1 am.

    • Reemonda 8:49 pm on February 25, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      What does no bond means?

      • Linda Shelton 2:21 pm on April 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        No bond meands you stay in jail until trial or until the judge changes the order at a future hearing. You can’t get out by paying a bond.

    • Jasmine 4:05 pm on March 10, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Also the fact that I have a friend that also was in jail and bailed out by his friend he said the check went to him and not the person who bonded him out is the true? My x husband owes child support can I go after the bond money ??

      • Linda Shelton 2:18 pm on April 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        The money is mailed to the inmate at his last known address. Of course you can go after the bond money. You would need a court order and help from an attorney to put a lien on it.

        • Sue 3:20 pm on October 27, 2014 Permalink

          [I don’t know if this info is true or not. It used to be that bond was only returned to the last known addresss of defendant and to defendant. Maybe they have a form now? LS You might want to call to check it out: Office of the Executive Director or Administrative Office – they should be able to connect you anywhere (i.e. Warden, they can connect you to the bonding office) (773) 674-2859]

          When bond is paid you are asked if you want the money to go to the person been bailed out or to you, if you decide that you then you need to complete a form with your information and mailing address

        • glenn 10:12 pm on March 10, 2015 Permalink

          I paid the bond for a friend at merrionette park p.d. I filled out the forms with the officer at their police station collected my friend and when he was sentenced and had been incarcerated about 4 weeks my bond money was mailed directly to me. Naturally minus the 10% the county keeps. No problem.

    • Fahima McGee 12:29 pm on April 4, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      My husband was sentenced on March 12, caught on outstanding warrant. Left to DOC that Thursday. Signed off on bond slip 3/12. Why haven’t I received my bond back it’s been 21 days.

      • Linda Shelton 2:11 pm on April 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        It can take up to 8 weeks to receive bond back minus 10 %. The check is sent to the inmate at his last known address registered with the jail when he was picked up.

        • glenn 10:14 pm on March 10, 2015 Permalink

          Why to the inmate? Because he paid his own?

    • larry 1:44 pm on April 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      What determines the type of bond issued? Specificly, why would someone be given a c-bond rather than a d-bond? Thank you

      • Linda Shelton 2:26 pm on April 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        If a judge is really nasty or a person very rich and they want to kep them in jail and then steal their money as Illinois has an unconstitutional statute that the court keeps 10% of all bond money returned, even if the person is innocent! We need a class action about this taking of property (money) through fraud without due process of law. The court clerk is essentially charging different fees from defendants for the same service, tying the fee to the amount of bail. This is unconstitutional and amounts to felony fraud.

    • jeny 9:27 pm on June 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I have a question my lawyer told me to call to cook county jail to find out when my boyfriend is geting out of jail. From what I know there is no number that would tell you when someone is geting released. Can you help me please because I dont know what to do or call.

      • Linda Shelton 10:20 am on June 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        There is no number is right. It is hard to get any information out of the jail. They follow the “mittimus” which is a paper from the court telling them what to do with the prisoner. You can read the mittimus from each court date at the Court Clerk’s Office in the courthouse where his case is heard. Or ask your boyfriend when he calls you or write to him. You can go to his court hearings or trial and LISTEN. You can go to the criminal clerk and look at his file and the court docket. The docket will have his court dates, his bail amount, the written mittimus for each court date, the results of a plea bargain or trial with the sentence. Once you know the sentence, then you can figure out the out date.

    • Amy 7:47 pm on July 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      There has got to be someone on here that has the phone number to Central Bond Window. I used to and cannot find it. It is impossible to find a live person since it’s the weekend. Anyone??? Please? My SO is now on bond as of yesterday but he is not sure how much and only has a limited number of calls to contact us about it. Any numbers I can find online are automated or for business hours which are both useless right now. Thanks in advance.

      • Amy 2:13 pm on July 15, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks Linda, they transferred me and I got the information but the CO wouldn’t give me a direct line. Just told me to contact the appropriate court room. I will dig around and let you know if I find it because it is useful. But he’s out!

      • Linda Shelton 9:30 pm on July 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Try the trust office which is right next to the bond desk. Trust / Personal Property: (773) 674-6864 IO’ll keep looking. If you find it please tell me and I will post it.

    • Sharon 6:00 pm on August 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Linda, Did you ever find a phone # for the bond desk? I put up bond over a year ago and trial is now over, my brother is serving his 3 month sentence in County. However, I lost my bond slip just recently and can’t call to check on bond 1) Because I no longer have the phone # that was on the bond slip and 2) I don’t have the bond #! Any help would be appreciated

      • Linda Shelton 11:22 pm on August 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        The bond desk will send 90% of the bond to the last known address of the detainee when trial is over IF THE JUDGE RELEASES THE BOND AND DOES NOT ORDER IT USED FOR FEES, COURT COSTS OR ATTORNEY FEES. It will be sent 4-8 weeks after the sentencing or finding of not guilty to the last know address of the detainee/defendant NOT TO WHO PAID THE BOND. The person who paid the bond will have to get the money from the detainee when he cashes the check he receives in the mail at his last known address. If he is servicing a sentence, then he will have to wait until he gets home to cash his check or whoever he designated as his power of attorney can cash the check.

        • Sharon 10:32 am on August 9, 2014 Permalink

          That would be fine if it was to be returned to him, I get it – no need to repeat yourself or repeatedly use caps. However, I specifically recall at the bond desk the day I paid that money (June 2103), they asked if it is to be returned to me or him and I told them me. I even spoke to them in June 2014 (back when I did have the bond slip) about this money because I had moved, and they had ME fill out a change of address form for when it was released. And no, he does not live with me. So while I appreciate your knowledge on the subject and the dedication it takes to help all of us out, I guess the answer to my question is no, you do not have the phone number for the bond desk. Thank you for your time and I will gladly update this thread as to the outcome of this situation.

      • Sharon 6:10 pm on August 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        To be more clear on what I’m trying to “check on” with them, my brothers case lasted a year, with many continuances. I’m afraid that my bond money may be held for court costs. Also, after the sentencing hearing, his lawyer made a comment that he was very disappointed the judge did not release the bond right to the lawyer, as he was apparently expecting. Why, I don’t know, when he was paid more than adequately and on time for each appearance, but that’s another story…. I’m just very leery about what may or may not happen or possibly have happened to my posted bond. Sorry for the lengthy questions!

        • Linda Shelton 11:25 pm on August 8, 2014 Permalink

          Please note that when you paid the bond, it no longer is your money. You paid it for the detainee so 90 % if returned to the detainee 4-8 weeks after he is sentenced or found not guilty. You cannot ask for it from the bond clerk. By paying the bond you are turning the money technically over to the detainee. The detainee may have made an oral agreement with you to borrow the money and you will have to collect it from him and not from the bond clerk. The clerk keeps 10% as a bond collection fee.

        • Linda Shelton 11:30 pm on August 8, 2014 Permalink

          The jail bond clerk just collects the money and turns it over to the court clerk who handles bonds. You can go to the criminal court clerk and ask to speak to the bonding clerk. You don’t need a bond slip. The clerk has records of of receiving the bond, paying fees or court costs or attorney fees if ordered by the clerk and of return of 90 % of the bond TO THE DEFENDANT NOT TO WHO PAID IT. I think, since it is public record, the bond clerk may tell you the status of the bond, but they CANNOT return it to you. IF IT IS RELEASED BY THE JUDGE it is returned to the defendant at the last known address by check

    • Amy 6:14 pm on August 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Sharon, I found this number on an old bond receipt: Bond Information Hotline 312-603-4737. But I personally had success calling the Property number Linda shared above and asked for the bond window. Also, my experience from two instances in 2013 was that I received the remaining amount of bail by check sent to my address, as I listed it on the bond receipt. This may not apply to your situation as they were cases that were eventually thrown out but thought I’d share.

    • Linda Shelton 11:42 am on August 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Sharon – I appreciate your comments, but as far as I know and can confirm, the money is released ONLY to the detainee/defendant and NOT to the person who paid the bond. Also the Sheriff Bond Clerk Desk and the Clerk of the COurt (who the Sheriff sends the money to) are two different entities and the Sheriff B ond Clerk has no authority or control as to who the Court Clerk refunds the money to. Please post here if you get the check to your name and not defendant’s name at your address.

      • Sharon 1:53 pm on September 25, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        As a follow up, I received a call from the Daley Center saying they had received my change of address form, but the money was being released to the victim instead of me, at the judge’s orders. I asked if there was no specific ruling from the judge, would I be receiving the money or my brother – she said “you would have, that’s what you chose”.

    • Brandi 10:11 am on September 25, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I have to go down there to pick up my husband, but have no idea what time. His lawyer seems to think that he will be allowed to make a phone call while he is getting processed. I don’t want to take the day off of work if I don’t have too. Please help!

      • Linda Shelton 1:50 pm on September 25, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        You may not call him and he may not call you. If he is released because it is his scheduled day for release, then he will be released somewhere between 9 am and and 3 pm. If he was in court in the morning, then he will be released after 5 pm but likely before 2 am. There is no way to pin it down to a specific time. I guess you will have to take the day off of work. They make no effort to assist with communication so pick up can be coordinated. The person released can’t even make a phone call as they don’t have any money, unless they have a way to make a collect call or use a phone card.

        • Amy 2:45 pm on September 25, 2014 Permalink

          Brandi, I feel your pain. I assume you already bonded him out? It can take 2 to 6+ hours for him to be released. Linda’s timeframe is right. No calls. Just waiting and waiting. Maybe he’ll borrow a phone when he gets out of the gate to call you. He also gets a 1-ride bus pass. More than likely you’ll need to take off work and wait and watch the gate. Bring a book, a magazine, a snack, etc. Good luck and hope it’s your last time.

    • ivan 5:13 pm on October 26, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      don’t you think that the amounts of money demanded for the bonds could be much, much more than a young person cannot afford? isn’t that unfair? doesn’t that create an unequal situation in the line of the Human Rights and makes the one for whom the bond should be paid vulnerable financially, as well?

      • Linda Shelton 9:43 pm on October 26, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        I believe the bond system in Illinois is unconstitutional and promotes excessive unconstitutional bail amounts that people can’t afford. Please read my blog about it here: http://cookcountyjudges.wordpress.com

    • David 12:01 pm on November 18, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I have a question. My brother is currently being held in Cook County for a warrant that was issued by Illinois Lake County, the warrants office refuses to give me the date in which my brother will be picked up from Cook County. No local charges have been made so he is basically being held for Lake County. If Lake County does not respond within say 30 days, does my brother get released from Cook County custody? What can we do to expedite his transfer?

      • Linda Shelton 9:11 am on November 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        If Lake Co does not pick him up in 30 days and he has nothing pending in Cook Co, then he will be released. There is nothing you can do to speed up process. It is all up to Lake Co. and their scheduling and availability of officers to pick him up. They never give the date of pick up as they don’t want any possibility of being ambused on the highway.

        • David 1:57 pm on November 20, 2014 Permalink

          Thank you very much I really appreciate the speedy response.

    • Jennifer 9:26 am on November 26, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      So i got caught stealing $85 worth of clothes from jcpenny. They did not allow me to use my phone and took it away, but i had time to txt my sister and boyfriend. Next thing you know they both show up and my boyfriend made a huge deal and the loss prevention security girl said, just for that im going to charge you with that! I asked why me? She said because i told you not to use your phone! Police were called and took me to jail they told me i would be transfered to the county jail, but then my sis and bf showed up and they released me to them, i was only in jail for maybe an hour or two. It is my very first time being in jail. I am 25 years old. One officer told my sis they would release me but i would have to turn myself in, another officer told me to wait for the mail. What is going to happen? Am i going to be going to court ? I do live in el paso,tx and i was never read my rights during my arrest.

      • Linda Shelton 11:22 am on November 26, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        This sounds like a misdemeanor charge = sentence would be less than 1 yr in jail. They only have to read you your rights for felony charges (sentence may be 1 yr or greater). Sounds like you will be going to court. Likely you will get a summons in the mail with a court date to go to court. I suggest you hire an attorney. In Illinois you would not have been released without a paper stating the court date. It may be different in your state. Are you sure they didnt give your sister a paper with a court date?

    • Jessica gomez 8:20 am on December 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      My brother was arrested in Chicago on Nov 17,2014 he had. As warrant for his arrest in Texas the judge gave him the option to wait for 30 days for Texas to come pick him up he signed the paper today the 30 days are up they didn’t come for him is he going to be release or does he has to go see the judge again?

      • Linda Shelton 10:36 am on December 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        He doesn’t need to see a judge. If Texas didn’t come and get him, then the Sheriff has NO authority to hold him any longer, according to the previous order, so they must release him at the end of the 30th day.

    • Jessica gomez 11:21 am on December 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you for responding . Hopefully he gets home today have a good day

    • Jessica W 8:34 am on March 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      My fiancé was supposed to be released last night after he went to court earlier in the morning. I waited until 3am and left. This morning, I called to find out if he’s even alive and ok, the automated message said there was no inmate by that record. Does this mean he’s in the discharge process? He would make every effort to contact me if he was able to, which leads me to believe he’s still there 24 hours after release from the judge. Any suggestions? He’s not exactly the tough guy so I’m very worried something may have happened.

      • Linda Shelton 1:42 pm on March 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        He should have been released – did you contact his family or other friends. Could he have had trouble obtaining transportation and not noticed you were waigint? Could he be scheduled for release today and not yesterday and simply be in process but already out of the computer? I would wait another 24 hrs and then file a missing persons report.

    • Letty s 11:38 am on May 18, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Linda you are very knowledgeable and am hoping you know the answer to this. I’m currently on electric motoring and have the 10% to bond off. With permission from the sheriff’s can I go and bond out and if so would I be free that day or until they come and take the bracelet off.

      • Linda Shelton 2:21 pm on May 18, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        First you are never free to take the bracelet off. The Sheriff must do that. Second I don’t know what you are asking. Have you not paid the 10% bond. Are you on pretrial electronic monitoring confined to home without paying the bond?

    • Cindy 8:20 am on May 19, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      What if a person is on electronic monitor 100% home confinement and then at a later court date the Judge allows the person to go on a D-Bond. Do you know how that process works? Does the person go to jail to get processed on the D-Bond now? or does the bond need to be paid first and then the Sheriff comes and removes the bracelet? Also, no matter what the outcome of the case is, does the bond money get returned 90%?

      • Linda Shelton 12:56 pm on May 19, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        If the person faithfully keeps his court dates and does not violate any bond conditions, then 90% of bond will be returned at the end of the case. If a D-Bond is granted without conditions of having an electronic monitor or curfew or some other limitation related to wearing an electronic monitor, then the person makes arrangements with the Sheriff to go to the jail, pay the bond, and have the bracelet removed. However, this is ONLY if the court has not placed any “conditions” requiring electronic monitoring while out on bond.

    • Marcie Williams 6:46 pm on November 4, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Linda Shelton i have a question i bonded someone out of jail his case is over i called the bond department on the recepit they did not see it been released then i call downtown they tell me me the lawyer has it i called the lawyer he said he did not touch that bond money he got paid out of another bond someone else posted for him after i had posted my bond now at first the lawyer was suppose to take my bond my but withdrew it so he could get the bigger bond money back what should i do should i go downtown even thou its not showing up and let them know someone looked it up and told me please help

      • Linda Shelton 11:21 pm on November 4, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        I don’t understand your story well, but sense that you think you paid a bond, the person you bond out had his case ended so bond was to be paid to a lawyer, but the lawyer said he didn’t receive it and you want to know where it is. I would go to the Daley Center and ask at Dorothy Brown’s office on the tenth floor or call them where to find the main bond clerk’s office to help you sort this out.

        • Marcie Williams 6:09 am on November 5, 2015 Permalink

          Thank u i did pay a bond on his first case he got locked back up for another case and had 2 more bonds someone else posted the last 2 bonds for him so instead of messing with the first bond which was mine to use for a lawyer him and the lawyer agreed to mess with the bigger bond someone else posted and withdrew my bond but when i call they say it has not been released but i talked with someone yesterday they looked it up and said the lawyer has it the lawyer said he dont have it he got paid from another bond it has not been 21 days yet for them to release the bond thats ybits not showing up when i call so if i go down there they might tell me that and not help me what should i do

        • Marcie Williams 6:11 am on November 5, 2015 Permalink

          And another thing by him catching that new cases it did not mess with the bond money thats what his lawyer said

  • Linda Shelton 5:08 am on July 10, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: CCDOC, , , handicapped parking, parking, parking meters, pay boxes   

    Parking at cook county jail 

    The jail has street parking only on california and on 26th street. On California you will be ticketed or towed between 4-6 pm so don’t park at that time. There is plenty of parking on the streets behind and to the side of the large parking lot on the east side of California and 26th St.

    You must pay for street parking about $2.00 per hour using quarters or a credit card.  The pay boxes are located at intervals around the block and you must put a receipt in your window or you will get a ticket.  There are no individual parking spaces and parking meters have all been removed.

    Don’t get confused that there are no parking meters.  You still have to pay for parking at the pay boxes and put the receipt into your car window.

    A company was contracted with to provide and maintain the pay boxes and the City got ripped off in the deal (they received millions up front, but far less than the total contract over decades is worth).

    Handicapped parking is not available. You must park on the streets and pay unless you have a new yellow handicapped parking card. Yes it is illegal for the city to fail to provide handicapped parking spaces near the jail, but the City of Chicago and the Cook County Courts hold themselves above the law and IL Attorney General Lisa Madigan, whose job it is to enforce federal laws pertaining to handicapped persons parking and accommodations has refused to enforce the law.

    Only prosecutors, prosecution witnesses, people undergoing exam in the forensic psychiatry clinic on the 10th floor of the court services building, and employees can park in the parking garage or use the handicapped spaces in the parking garage.

    The parking garage is not big enough to accommodate all persons who come to the jail and courthouse.

    Defense witnesses, defense attorneys, and family members or people viewing trials from the gallery must  park on the street or in the private expensive parking lot on the NW corner of 26th & California.

    • Sharon Baker-Johnson 1:57 pm on December 1, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      As of 12/1/12, parking on the street is now $1.75 an hr., max. 4 hrs. People checking for expired receipts on the car windshields are diligent.

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