A few dozen relations of crime victims gathered Saturday afternoon outdoors the Leighton Felony Courthouse in Little Village to demand judges cease releasing individuals accused of violent crimes on bond.
Some attendees held indicators with photographs of their family members, who they mentioned had been killed by individuals who had been on bond whereas awaiting trial in different instances.
Police Supt. David Brown has repeatedly complained that the county’s courts launch too many individuals charged with crimes of violence on bond and rely an excessive amount of on digital monitoring.
In response, Chief Choose Tim Evans has mentioned there is no such thing as a information to assist these claims, and cited a 2017 Loyola University study on the affect the state’s bail reform measures have had on crime as proof.
“Hypothesis based mostly on remoted instances will not be the identical as actuality based mostly on an entire image,” Evans said in a statement after a violent July 4 holiday weekend within the metropolis.
Nortasha Stingley, who lives in Englewood, mentioned Saturday on the gathering that the person accused of killing her daughter, Marissa Boyd-Stingley, in a 2013 drive-by taking pictures was an instance of somebody who shouldn’t have been given a bond whereas he awaits trial.
“I simply actually need to ask a few of these judges, what if it was your little one? What if the shoe was on the opposite foot?” Stingley mentioned.
Boyd-Stingley was 19 and in faculty with plans to turn out to be a pediatrician.
Reginald Reed, 44, was charged with the taking pictures final fall and his bail was set at $150,000 with digital monitoring, which means he would want to put up $15,000 to be launched with a GPS bracelet on house confinement whereas awaiting trial.
Defendants in homicide instances are sometimes denied bail in Prepare dinner County, however Choose Charles Seashore famous throughout Reed’s preliminary listening to that prosecutors’ key proof within the case — a witness identification 4 years after the taking pictures — was “weak.”
Judges make a number of determinations when setting bail, together with the probability of the defendant’s conviction, if they’ll present up for his or her court docket hearings and whether or not they pose a hazard to the neighborhood. Judges say they have to stability the allegations towards an individual’s proper to be presumed harmless till confirmed responsible.
Court docket information present Reed wasn’t on bond on the time Boyd-Stingley was killed and hasn’t been charged with any new offenses within the months since his bail was set.
One other mom, Nikki Swoboda, spoke to the group about her son, Julian Castillo, who was beaten and fatally shot in February, allegedly by two reputed gang members.
Swoboda mentioned judges who let accused criminals out on reasonably priced bonds contributed to her 16-year-old son’s homicide.
One of many males charged with Castillo’s killing, 21-year-old Jesus Moro, was on bond with a cost of aggravated discharge of a firearm on the time, court docket information present.
Each males charged with Castillo’s dying are presently being held with out bail.
“These judges received’t be getting my vote, in any respect,” Swoboda mentioned. “You killed my son, you had been a contribution to why my son will not be dwelling proper now. He was a baby… This isn’t regular and the town mustn’t settle for this as being regular. This must cease.”
Opponents of the money bail system say it permits these with cash to go house whereas conserving those that can’t afford to put up bond in custody, generally for years whereas their case winds by means of the busy court docket system.
State lawmakers voted in February to get rid of the state’s money bail system in 2023.