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  • Linda Shelton 11:49 pm on December 23, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: address, , Cook County Jail, documents, investigators, money, phone numbers, proof you were there, , records, social workers   

    What is the address and phone number of the jail? 


    Location:
    2700 South California Avenue Chicago, Illinois 60608

    Contact us:
    (773) 674-5245 (automated help line)
    (773) 674-7100 (main telephone number)

    Other Important Telephone numbers:

    Business Office: (773) 674-6866

    Legal Office: (773) 674-7683 – THEY ACCEPT SUBPOENAS WHEN YOU SUE THEM
    NOT FOR INFORMATION ABOUT CHARGES OR CASES – THIS IS THE SHERIFF’S ATTORNEY

    Office of the Executive Director (Warden): (773) 674-2859

    Program Services: (773) 674-6815 = SOCIAL WORKERS, LIBRARIAN

    Records Department: (773) 674-5200 TO OBTAIN PROOF YOU WERE IN JAIL

    Training Academy: (708) 974-5700 SO YOU WANT TO BE A SHERIFF?

    Trust Accounts (Where they hold your money) / Personal Property: (773) 674-6864

     
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      • Linda Shelton 10:42 pm on January 10, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you for your kind comments!

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

    Bond and Release process or release procedure from Cook County Jail 


    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).

     
    • WHITNEY 3:44 pm on September 12, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      THANKS! VERY HELPFUL INFO!

      • Linda Shelton 4:30 pm on September 12, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        Your welcome – it makes what I do for the public worthwhile!

    • 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 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).

      • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

  • Linda Shelton 3:42 pm on July 12, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: class action suit, , , Cook County Jail, lawsuit and cook county jail, strip search suit   

    Class action law suits against Cook County Jail 


    Cook County paid $55 million in damages to persons who were illegally stripped searched at Cook County Jail. The deadline to be included in this suit was January 2011.  It is too late to be included now if you are  a person who falls under this class action suit.

    There were two classes of persons who were able to get a small compensation as a result of this suit:

    Class I: All males who were subjected to a strip search and/or visual body cavity search as a new detainee at the Cook County Jail between January 30, 2004 and March 30, 2009; and/or

    Class II: All people (male and female) charged with only a misdemeanor or lesser offense not involving drugs or weapons who were subjected to a strip search and/or visual body cavity search as a new detainee at the Cook County Jail between January 30, 2004 and March 30, 2009.

    The details about this class action suit can be found here: http://www.topclassactions.com/lawsuit-settlements/lawsuit-news/916-cook-county-jail-illegal-strip-search-settlement-

     
    • Anthony rivera 12:11 am on July 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Need a lawer to suit the county jail I was beatin by the sherifs

      • Linda Shelton 12:13 am on August 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Please inform me about the details – who, what, where why, circumstances of beating – the attorneys I refer to have asked me to gather this information and discuss it with the potential client first before referring the potential client to them.

        Suing requires the 3 Ds – duty (A duty not to hurt you and to protect you from other inmates and to follow the rules), dereliction of duty (a failure to perform the duty), and damages (more than minimal damages – for example if the injury is only minor bruising or a bruised ego or minor defamation because they were swearing at you, then you cannot sue as the damages are not present).

        Please tell me what damages you suffered.

        Then attorneys will only take a suit for damages (called a tort) if the potential award (money) will cover the cost of the suit. This means if you can only get a small award such as $10,000 they will not take the case because it will cost them more than the client will recover.

        Therefore, send me the details to my e-mail and lets discuss your situation by e-mail to make sure it is a suit that has potential to win a large enough amount to cover costs. My e-mail is picepil@aol.com

        • Linda Shelton 12:16 am on August 2, 2011 Permalink

          Do not give me your name in these comments. Only give me personal information at my e-mail address above.

          No legal advice is given on this site. The author is NOT an attorney. She is free to give her opinion as to what she would do concerning legal matters or if they occurred to her and what she thinks a lawyer would do, but this is not legal advice and you should consult an attorney. All information is spiritual, layman opinion, informational and educational only. This author makes no warranty as to its accuracy.

        • JUAN BOOKER20060099546DOC# 3:04 pm on January 21, 2013 Permalink

          IN AUGUST 2009 ON D1 IN DIV 1 I WAS A VICTIM OF A BRUTAL STABBING ASSAULT IN WHICH WE WERE ALREADY ON A LEVEL 4 LOCKDOWN (NO MOVEMENT EXCEPT CO’S) MY CELL WAS POPPED OPEN BY A CO ON 11-7 SHIFT AND INMATES RAN IN MY CELL STABBING ME IN THE HEAD SHOULDER RIGHT HAND. RESULTING IN ONE OF THE MOST BRUTAL STABBINGS THE DIVISION EVER SAW IN WHICH 8 GUYS GOING TO OUTSIDE HOSPITAL (JOHN STROGER OR MOUNT SINAI HOSPITAL) HOW INMATES GOT OUT OF THERE CELLS ONLY THE CO KNOWS HOW CAUSE HE POPPED THE DOORS. HE DIDINT FOLLOW THE LEVEL 4 PROCEDURE DURING WHICH HE ALLOWED THE DETAINEES TO PASS OUT BREAKFAST TRAYS RESULTIN IN MY INJURIES IN WHICH THEY COVERED UP BY STATING IN THE REPORTS ALL INMATES POPPED OUT OF THEIR CELLS WHEN THEY CAME IN AND CHECKED ALL DOORS AS THEY DO MAKIN SURE NO ONE COULD. WE WERE ALL MACED KICKED AND BEATING BY NUMEROUS OFFICERS CITING WE WERE MAKING THIER JOBS HARDER

    • Nomad Johnson 1:10 am on April 23, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I was part of the strip search settlement and I’m glad the lawyers were able to give some justice to the numerous victims of unlawful practices. Chicago is the most crooked city in the world. The jail reflects the status perfectly. The inmates literally run the jail by doing all the labor for $2 a day (which is taxed, believe it or not). If all the inmates refused to work for just one day, the jail would not function. But, at the same time, the inmates would subsequently not be fed and other basic necessities would be forfeited. I found 2 more class action lawsuits in the mail when I left CCJ for the 2nd time this April. One was for lost property as the Correctional Officers frequently robbed incoming inmates of cash and valuables. The 2nd was for the refusal of dental care while incarcerated. Cook County Jail is no joke. Don’t do the crime if you can’t handle the time. Thank you Linda for caring about the victims of the most Crooked County in America and possibly the world. It’s people like you who restore my faith in humanity. I am forever grateful.

    • Nicholas Crawford 10:35 am on September 20, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I would like to know what happen wit the medical lawsuit

      • Linda Shelton 11:41 am on September 20, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        Which medical lawsuit are you inquiring about? There is a suit pending about lack of dental care. There is no decision on that one yet.

        • Felipe 4:23 pm on October 30, 2012 Permalink

          Is there any other medical lawsuits pending. Also I was awarded money for the strip search settlement ,which if I am correct was from 3-2004 to 2009. My question is that in that period I was in there twice. From 5-2002 through 6-2004, also from 2-13-2007 to 1-2008. But i feel I should of receive more than the amount awarded too me.

        • Linda Shelton 9:39 am on October 31, 2012 Permalink

          You would have to contact the attorney for the Plaintiff. There is nothing else you can do as you have no standing alone as you were represented by this attorney. You cannot get another attorney because you were represented by the Plaintiff’s attorney.

        • Nicholas Crawford 12:40 pm on October 31, 2012 Permalink

          I was asking about the dental care lawsuit.

        • jen 1:38 pm on December 19, 2012 Permalink

          hi linda. i was trying to find out the name of the law firm that is handling both cases regarding the dental AND the property. I am unfortunatly one of the many VICTIMS of the jail’s misconduct and poor decisions.I have received both letters from this law firm but i accidently threw them out and I cannot remember the name of the lawyers handling this matter. If anyone can help please email me at peeperpeeper@aol.com. Thank you all.

        • Linda Shelton 2:16 pm on December 19, 2012 Permalink

          See my just published page at the right on my blog about class action suits and contact the law firm of Morrissey listed under the dental suit. I can’t find the property suit yet. Ask them if they are involved in that and if so please inform me.

    • Linda Shelton 12:42 pm on October 31, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t have any further information about the lawsuit concerning dental care at this time.

      • celsey brazeau 3:58 pm on November 1, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        I was told that there is a law suit going on for i believe division 3 housing ward. My husband was housed there for a while and i was told that the building was suppose to be condemned and the inmates were not suppose to stay there. If there is a law suit going on where can i get more information about it?

        • Linda Shelton 4:31 pm on November 1, 2012 Permalink

          You can go to the federal district court on Dearborn downtown Chicago, 20th floor and use their computers for free to look up cases. Obviously the COok County SHeriff would be a defendant so you can use that as a search term. Good luck! If you find info, please share it with us, particularly the name of the attorney handling the Plaintiff’s cases if there is one.

    • mike 12:46 am on December 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      is there a lawsuit against cook county jail for the personal property that was lost and they said they could not find. they were sending people along with myself out with other peoples clothes and the only stuf they could find was your wallet and money and jewelery and things like that but your clothes were nowhere to be found but they had stacks of jeans coats and shoes to give you to leave with.

      • Linda Shelton 6:11 pm on December 18, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        I am not aware of any lawsuit. You can go on the jail web site and get info how to make a complaint to get compensated for lost belongings. Unfortunately you have to prove you had them with you and how much you paid for them. This is nearly impossible without witnesses as to what you were wearing and receipts from the stores from where you bought your clothes or photos or videos of what you were wearing the day you were arrested with receipts from the jail the day they took your clothes. They generally do not give you a receipt for your clothes. It is a racket. Anything valuable like jewelry, computers, etc will be “lost” but likely stolen and sold by corrupt officers to make more money. If you were arrested by Chicago or other police they may have a copy of an inventory slip as to what was taken from you and if you can trace where the property was sent like get a signed receipt slip from the police that turned it over to the sheriff staff that the police should keep to prove they truned it over to the sheriff and then a receipt from the sheriff courtroom services staff at the courtroom where you were taken for a bond hearing that is signed and says that the jail sheriff staff signed for it proving that t he courtroom services staff turned it over to the sheriff jail staff, then you can file a complaint with the sheriff’s offce. The sheriff staff have stolen two of my driver’s licenses, a down expensive coat, two light coats, gloves, scarves, my bifocals, and change that the courtroom services staff failed to write on the inventory form. I have recovered nothing for all this even though several times I tried to get all these receipts and proof. It is nearly impossible. Sheriff staff in courtroom services and the jail intake clearly are ripping off a lot of property. Note that the evidence inventory sheriff in the main criminal courtroom was caught after decades stealing drugs and selling drugs so you can see the quality of our Sheriff staff. Sheriff Dart is totally ineffective at solving the issue of stolen detainees property and corruption of his staff.

    • mike urban 1:37 pm on December 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      is there a lawsuit regarding the lost / stolen property at cook county jail?

      • Linda Shelton 11:46 am on December 30, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        Look at my new page on class action suits at the jail at the right side of this blog’s home page

    • cyndi 12:30 pm on December 13, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      do you know of any information about the dental care lawsuit, if so would you please let me know.thank you

      • Linda Shelton 2:26 pm on December 19, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        Look at my new page on class action suits at the jail at the right side of this blog’s home page

    • jennifer nejad 12:53 pm on December 19, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      hello. I am so happy that i found this website. I was wondering how i can find out who my lawyers are ( what law firm has been assigned to me). I was in division 4 from jan 30th 2011 – feb. 23 2011. and i had received 2 different letters from a local law firm based in Chicago about me being involved in 2 different class action law suits against Cook County Dep. of Corrections. 1. was for the LOST PROPERTY and the 2nd was for the DENTAL care, ( a lack of… ) and I had accidently threw out those letters. Is there any way you can help me please. you can email me and ill also keep checking this site. Thanks.

  • Linda Shelton 5:08 am on July 10, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Cook County Jail, 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. 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.

  • Linda Shelton 5:42 pm on February 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Cook County Jail, correctional billing services, phone calls from jail   

    How much will the detainee’s collect call to me cost me? 


    If you accept a collect call from the jail on your home land telephone line or if you set up a prepaid collect call service to a cell phone, etc. you can use the following link to calculate the cost of the phone call.

    Go to the web site for Correctional Billing Services here and plug in your phone number and the number 15 for minutes. Phone calls are limited to 15 minutes. You can put in ANY Cook County Jail Division if you don’t know which division in which your family member is housed as the rates should be the same for all divisions.

    The cost is $2.71 connection charge plus 12-15cents for the first minute and 11-14 cents for each additional minute for a total of about $4.89 for a 15 minute phone call from the Chicago area to the jail.  Long distance of course is more expensive.

    About a third of the time is wasted with automatic messages telling you this is a call from the jail and don’t let yourself be used to forward calls for an inmate lying about emergencies, etc.

    There are hidden additional costs including:

    $2.49 added to your phone bill per month for a “bill statement fee”.

    $6.95 charge if you pay your bill by Western Union, or with a credit or debit card.

    There is no fee if you pay the bill by mailing a check or money order to them or if you pay on-line using direct payment from your checking or savings account.

    Out-of-State calls have added an additional $2.99 for out of state calling.

    I do NOT guarantee these rates. This is just how I, who am NOT an expert at this am interpreting what the company is stating on their web site here.

     
  • Linda Shelton 5:07 pm on February 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: address CCJ, address cook county jail, , Cook County Jail, mail for inmates   

    How do I write to an inmate? 


    What is the address for a detainee?
    What is the address of the jail?
    Where do I send mail for a detainee?

    The mailing address for sending letters to detainees is:

    P.O. Box 089002
    Chicago, Illinois 60608
    Be sure to include with the address the detainees name and I.D. number.
    (I.D. #’s can be retrieved from automated system 773-869-5245 or on the web site at inmate search.

    The address to visit is:

    Different for every division. You enter at the door to their division. Between 26th and 31st St on S. California Ave or just W of California on 31st St you will find the entrances to the division which are marked on signs outside the divisions. Division 5 and Cermak and all women’s divisions are entered by the Big White Gate 1/2 block south of 26th St. on the West side of California.
     
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  • Linda Shelton 4:16 pm on February 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Cook County Jail, cost of calls to jail, jail phone, jail telephone   

    How does a detainee make a phone call? C… 


    How does a detainee make a phone call?
    Can they use a cell phone?
    Can they call a cell phone?
    Can they call long distance?
    How much do phone calls costs”
    Can I call the detainee?

    A detainee may make a collect call ONLY phone call from the unit collect call phone if he/she is out of the cell, but ONLY to a land line.
    If  you want detainee to be able to call your cell phone, you have to call Correctional Billing at 800-844-6591. Then you can prepay for the collect calls to your cell phone and the inmate can call a cell phone or land line. Otherwise the inmate can ONLY call a land line collect.
    This is a racket where a private company has a deal with the jail to manage phone calls and by doing so they make a very big profit at your expense.
    There are collect call ONLY phones on every unit where the detainee can call when he/she is out of the cell. There may be one phone for 50 people so phone calls are short and not always easy to make. Inmates are locked in their cells generally from 10 pm to 9 am (they get breakfast at 4-5 am but cannot make calls), and from around 1 pm to 4 pm. The times may vary. Some units especially if crowded let people out in shifts and they are locked up for longer periods. On the mental health unit, the phone calls are more limited and never allowed in the morning. On the TB unit there is a collect phone in every cell, but the inmates are confined to the cells 24/7.
    The detainee can ONLY call a LAND LINE and NOT cell phone if you do not make arrangements to prepay the collect call to your cell phone by contacting Correctional Billing at the number above or at their web site here.
     
  • Linda Shelton 4:11 pm on February 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: C-Bonds, Cook County Clerk, Cook County Jail, criminal bonds, D-Bonds, I-Bonds, Illinois bail, Illinois criminal bonds   

    Bail and Bond at Cook County Jail 


    How do I pay the bond for a family member or friend?
    When do I get the bond money back?
    What do I have to do to get the bond money back?
    Can I pick up the bond money when the case is over?

    Read the following and also read the official Cook County Jail web site about bonding: http://www.cookcountysheriff.org/doc/doc_Bonding.html

    You can pay the bond with cash, bank or cashier’s check (no personal checks) or a credit card at the courthouse clerk’s office if the detainee has not been moved to the jail. At the jail you enter at the big white gate S of 26th and California and will be directed to Division 5. You may pay with cash or credit card or with certified check or bank check, NO personal checks, NO money orders. The credit card must be used at the jail – you cannot call in and pay. This is so they can arrest you if you use a phony card. You will need identification and will be directed to a phone on the premises to call in to pay with the credit card. If you pay by cashier’s check, you  must do so during normal bank hours as they must call the bank and verify the check.

    They are open to accept bonds from 9:00 am to 8:30 pm every day including weekends and holidays. Remember that you have to come during normal bank hours if you pay by cashier’s check.

    If the person is coming from court and has not yet been processed into the jail it will take extra time to process them in (several hrs) and then to process them out again after you pay the bond – which you cannot pay until they are  processed into the jail.

    There are NO bail bondsmen allowed in Illinois. This is a law. Bonds in Illinois are three types:

    Most are “D-bonds” which means you must pay 10% of the bail amount set by the judge to get out of jail and be “out on bond”. So if the bail is $10,000, you must pay $1,000 and when the case is over the defendant who was found not guilty, who had their case dismissed (SOL, dismissed, vacated) or if convicted, convict, will get a check mailed to their last known address. The check is NOT made out to the person that paid it. The check will be for 90 % of the bond (in this case $900) and the clerk will keep 10% (in this case $100).

    “I-Bonds” are “Personal recognizance bonds” which mean you pay nothing, but the Sheriff can collect the full bail if you don’t come to court after they arrest you for not showing up and the judge orders that you forfeit the bail.

    A “C-Bond” means you must pay the full amount of bail to get out of jail pre-trial.

    Yes this is unfair for the clerk to keep part of the bond and should be considered fraud by the clerk. However this is law, but I believe if it was challenged in an individual suit or class action suit, the person would win because this denies equal protection under the law, which is a constitutional right. This is because the clerk does the exact same task if she receives a check for a bond for $100 (for a $1,000 bail) as if she received a bond check for $1 million (for a $10 million bail). The fee should be small and the same for all bond amounts.

    To charge a different amount or fee to process and hold the bond money when the clerk does the same amount of work is fraud and unfair. It doesn’t take more work to process a bigger check! This means if you are found innocent or your case is dismissed or dropped, and you did not stay in jail but managed to pay the bail, you still pay 10% of the bond amount. For a murder suspect found not guilty who had a $1 million bail and paid a $100,000 bond to get out of jail, the Court Clerk keeps $10,000. That’s not fair! For a person who paid $100 to get out of jail on a $1,000 bail, the Court Clerk keeps only $10. I don’t even think this is fair to make an innocent person pay a fee for being wrongfully arrested.

    You only have to come to court until the end of the case to get the bond money returned to you. The bond is automatically returned by check to the last known address of the detainee or convict. NO CASH.

     
    • Edward 4:29 pm on June 28, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      How would someone go about making sure they have gotten their bond money back? I know it sounds strange, but my mother can’t recall if she got her money back from when I went to jail a couple years back. Thanks in advance for your assistance.

      • Linda Shelton 11:55 pm on June 28, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        You can call the Cook County Court Clerk’s office and ask to speak to the bond clerk. I believe their offixe may be on the 10th floor of the Daley Center (although I may be wrong). The Clerk’s office will tell you. Then ask them to look up the records and see when the bond money was returned and who it was returned to. Generally the money is sent to the defendant at his/her last known address. It is NOT returned to the person who paid the bond, if other than the defendant.

        I know that at 2650 S California, for felonies you can ask for the bond clerk on the 5th floor and may be able to get information from her.

        • reenie 4:24 pm on July 16, 2012 Permalink

          my family raised bond money for a family member, by taking car titile loans out and pawning personal property. He has a court date of 7-26-2012. And the judge wants him to give the bond money to a lawyer. We were hoping to get the money back to pay pack the borrow loans and retreived our personal property. Both family members are on ssi or governement assistance. What can we do?

        • Linda Shelton 4:39 pm on July 16, 2012 Permalink

          You can do absolutely NOTHING. Unfortunately, they don’t tell you until you sign the paper that the bond money may be used to pay a private attorney (“bar attorney”) that they tell people they can hire, who are usually in the courtroom to drum up business. The county of course does not want you to use a public defender because they don’t have enough and they have too big a case load, so they urge people to hire the “bar attorneys” who sit like vultures in the courtroom. The “bar attorneys” tell the prisoners that they will accept the bond as payment, but they usually say this so fast and the prisoner is usually so stressed that they don’t grasp this fact. If your family member would have said that he cannot pay a bar member, then he would have been assigned a public defender and this would not have been a problem. Unfortunately he signed at the bottom line and hired a private attorney and now must pay him and the court as the legal right to use the bond money for this purpose. The only thing you can do is to ask your family member who was in jail to pay you back. I suspect he doesnt have the money. The bottom line is now you must lose the stuff you pawned off unless you can buy it back and if you cannot pay the car loans you will lose your car.

        • Linda Shelton 4:41 pm on July 16, 2012 Permalink

          The only option is to negotiate with the “bar attorney” to let you pay him with a “payment plan” instead of using the bond. Of course 10% of the bond is never refunded as this goes as a fee to the Court. Most “bar attorneys” live from hand to mouth and work like this because they are nearly bankrupt and generally will not accept this deal. Would you accept a payment plan when you can simply ask the judge to confiscate the bond money and give it to you?

      • Jahid Mccoy 10:52 am on September 30, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        how to find out how much is my bond to get off housearrest?

        • Linda Shelton 1:05 pm on September 30, 2012 Permalink

          First you should ask your attorney! Bond to get off house arrest is the same as your bond if you were in jail. I find it strange that you do not know your bond – did you not talk to your attorney? Did you not listen to the judge during your bond hearing? You can go online to the Sheriff’s inmate look up and put in you name. The screen will tell you what your bond is. Someone can also go to any court’s criminal clerk and they can ask the clerk to look it up and they will tell that person. This is the inmate search web site = http://www2.cookcountysheriff.org/search2/ You can also call the Sheriff’s office – they must have given you a phone number if you are on house arrest – you just need to call and ask.

    • Peggy 3:02 pm on November 4, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I truly
      appreciate your efforts and I am waiting for your further write ups thanks once again.

      Peggy

    • Mary 10:57 pm on November 20, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I got here at 5 pm and its now 11 pm my husband has not emerged. I checked his status online and it says bond in process. Does it really normally take this long?

    • Linda Shelton 11:04 pm on November 20, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Yes – If he was in court today, first they have to process him into the jail which can take as much as 24 hrs. Then they have to process him out which will take at least 3 hrs.

      • Mary 11:08 pm on November 20, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        He was in court last Friday and he got taken into custody… He was back in front of the same judge this morning and released him with an I bond. That was at 10 in the morning. I’m not really sure what’s going on. What time is the latest they can release a detainee?

        • Linda Shelton 11:12 pm on November 20, 2012 Permalink

          There is no latest. They do not release people for an hour before or after shift changes at 7 am 3 pm and 11 pm. They release people at ther times 24/7. If he was at court at 26th and California he should have been released already. If he was brought from a suburban or other city court, the bus didn’t arrive until at least 4-6 pm. He will probably emerge between midnight and 3 am.

        • Mary 11:16 pm on November 20, 2012 Permalink

          He was at Skokie court house this morning.. Wow I guess I didn’t realize how long this could take… Thanks
          For the info!

    • Linda Shelton 11:57 pm on November 20, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      So he was already processed in another day. To release him they do another warrant check that can take 1-4 hours. You have to wait for several things including them to process the paperwork they get from the court which takes 1-3 hrs depending on how many other detainees they are processing in and out. You have to wait to be escorted back to your unit under guard. They have to take you to your unit, give you dinner, get your clothes, let you get dressed, wait for an escort to processing, transport you between units under guard, then you wait in a line to be fingerprinted and sign forms, then wait to be escorted out, then wait in a line to get your property. You then also may have a two hour wait due to the shift change.

    • maria watts 12:35 pm on November 26, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      my son has a defense atty who has not really had contact with him. he was arrested for driving on a suspended license. his bond is 10,000. we really don’t have 1000 and would like a reduction in bond; how can we go about it? His next court date is 12/12

      • Linda Shelton 3:36 pm on November 26, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        As he has an attorney, all requests to the court for reduction of bond must come through the attorney. There supposedly is a new system where pretrial probation officers can investigate why a person cannot pay a bond and present this to the court. First you should contact his defense attorney and then if you can’t get through to him you might try pretrial services in the probation department and ask if there is a pretrial services officer who knows about the program to help people reduce bail. Their phone number is: 773 869-3280

    • Helpme 6:14 pm on December 14, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      How do a person go about getting electronic monitoring for a family member who’s in jail with a d bond of 50,000 and family can’t afford 5,000 for release. How to get love one pretrail within 24 hrs after we can’t come up with money?

      • Linda Shelton 12:50 am on December 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        The family member would have to talk to their unit social worker and see if they are eligible for electronic monitoring. It depends on their crime and other factors.

      • Linda Shelton 6:16 pm on December 18, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        You should talk to his attorney or better he should talk to his attorney to file a motion for reduction of bail to something he can afford. Cook County sets extremely excessive bails to maximize the jail population and the 10% that the clerk keeps from any bond paid (10% of bail) so it is a racket by the county to rip off detainees who are able to make bail. Note it takes the same amount of work for the clerk to process a $100 bond check as it does to process a $25,000 bond check yet she keeps $10 of the $100 bond and $2500 of the $25,000 bond even if the person is found not guitly. This is fraud upon the public and the state law that allows this should be challenged in a class action suit and declared unconstitutional.

      • Helpme 2:27 pm on January 11, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Hello Linda thanks for the reply it was very helpful. Now I have another question my love one court day was today. At 51 and wenthworth. They indicted his case over to 26. This court was a contiued from the first one held bk in December. His bond as explained b4 is 50,000 5,000 to walk they didnt talk about a bail reduction at hearing just the crossing the case over to 26 n next court date We can’t afford the bond n I need to know how to go about getting Em if possible. The crime is burglary but the state have no evidence to charge with burglary so new case number was provided n I think the charge is possession of stolen merchandise. Normally they come on deck where the inmate is housed for Em… Is there something he can do while waiting on next court date to obtain Em

        • Linda Shelton 5:52 pm on January 11, 2013 Permalink

          He needs to talk with his defense attorney who can discuss the possibility of electronic monitoring with the sheriff staff that deals with that issue. The people in the probation department may have an answer as they help arrange things such as monitoring. Try calling the administrative office and asking them: (773) 674-2859

    • DG 4:05 pm on January 1, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Hello I have a question. If my husbands bail on the cook county website says 25, 000 does that mean I have to pay 2, 500?? Do I need to contact a bailbonds man or judy show up with the money at the scheduled hours.

      • Linda Shelton 5:35 pm on January 1, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Bail bondsmen are illegal in Illinois. You can pay his bond by cash, cashier’s check, during normal bank business hours as they have to call the bank and verify it, or by credit card (only at the jail). If the web site says $25,000 bail then that means you have to pay $2,500 bond or 10 % of the bail.

    • emceemc 5:58 pm on January 21, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      As to the 10% deduction for D bonds, there is one curiosity. The judge does not have to grant this to the clerk. I’m an attorney and had a client die of long term illness while on bond. His girlfriend had posted $5,000.00 on the D bond. I had her come to court on the following date and made a short argument for a full return. The judge was decent enough to give it to us without a hassle. The exception to the rule, for sure, but it can happen.

      • Linda Shelton 6:53 pm on January 21, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Actually, since this is a state statute, the judge illegally returned the whole amount. A judge cannot rewrite a statute. This law though needs a class action suit to challoenge it. The feds consider it fraud for a service provider to a doctor to charge by percent instead of by piece (charbging 5% of the doctor’s income to bill for him for example). They say it is fraud upon the government to tie your service to the doctor’s service. How is this different from tying the clerk’s fee to process one check for the bond amount. Does it take so much more work to process a check for $100,000 on a $1 million bail so that the clerk can keep $10,000 than it does to process a $100 check on a $1,000 bail where the clerk keeps $10?? The clerk’s fee should be a constant amount and anyone who is innocent should not be required to pay it.

        • emceemc 4:04 pm on January 22, 2013 Permalink

          I guess the language we relied on was this: 725 ILCS 5/110-7(f) … clerk shall return to the accused … unless the court orders otherwise, 90% of the sum.

          I suppose this could be read, and could have been intended, only to allow greater reductions in the refund amount, as opposed to a reduction in the clerk’s retention. It was years ago that I made this motion, and remember no details, except my client was not a bad guy and both the judge and state showed some sympathy to the girlfriend’s situation.

    • Linda Shelton 7:13 pm on January 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for clarifying the law to us on this site. I wasn’t aware of the last part of the sentence “unless the court orders otherwise.” That is nice to know in cases of extreme hardship and poverty especiually if a person is innocent.

    • Brian McLaughlin 8:36 am on February 13, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Linda. My nephew was arrested for possession of an unregistered firearm in his vehicle. Bail was set at $25000, which seems awfully high to me. He has no priors and was pulled over due to a broken breaklight. There was something said about it being considered assault, because it was a loaded gun in the car. Can you give me any insight into this. Does that bail seem high and could he be charged with assault? Thanks for any of your thoughts.

      • Linda Shelton 6:11 pm on February 13, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Bail in Cook County is extremely excessive because the county uses it as a scheme to get more money. Bail bondsmen are outlawed in Illinois and the county keeps 10% of the posted bond which is 10% of the bail – so your nephew’s bond to get out is $2500 and even if found innocent they will keep $250. I have been charged with felony battery of an officer for during a flashback (I suffer from PTSD after being beaten up repeatedly by officers – including grabbing my pony tail and banging my head on a wasll, as well as holding me down and kicking me with their boots) allegedly slapping an officer and pulling her hair. My bail is $150,000. Some murderers, rapist, etc. even have lower bail! I am on SSI because I am physically disabled too so I don’t have much money and rely on others to bond me out. I dom’t remember anything as is usual for a flashback (a daytime dream where one is reliving a life threatening or very traumatic experience in an alterred state of consciousness- others say I flail my arms with a very frightened look saying “don’t hit me”).

        This is technically a class A misdemeanor punishable by up to 364 days in jail and $2500 fine. This bail is high for a class A misdemeanor, but they are being tough on gun crimes right now due to the publicity about the murder of 15 yo Ms. Hadiya.

        It does not meet the definition of assault unless he picked it up and pointed it at the officer or did or said some act that threatehed someone. If he is convicted and does it again, then it will be a class 3 felony punishable by a sentence of 2-5 years in prison.

        He simply is foolish and it is dangerous to have a loaded gun in a car. There is no excuse for this one. I must admit bias against those charged with a gun crime. I am a non-violent pacifist and retired physician (pediatrics) and pathologist. I have taken bullets out of kids and I feel that gun crimes including possessing an UNREGISTERED gun is a serious matter. If it was loaded, then there is an implication that he was ready to use it in a drive by shooting.

    • Jasmine 3:56 pm on March 10, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Who does bond money go too? Even if some one else paid to bail him out ? Does the check go to the inmate after someone else bailed him out? The reason why ask is that my ex-husband owes child-support and they dismissed the case and there is 87 Thousand in bond money ?

      • Linda Shelton 2:17 pm on April 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        The check is mailed to the inmates last known address when arrested and not to the person who paid the bond. It takes up to 8 weeks to receive the check.

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