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Cash Bond Class Action That Led to Widespread Changes in Cook County Bond Court Dismissed on Legal Technicalities

Press Releases & Statements—A landmark class action lawsuit targeting Cook County’s unconstitutional cash bail practices, which spurred widespread reforms in pretrial detention, was dismissed by a Cook County judge due to… Continue

Community-Driven Federal Class Action Lawsuit & Report Targets Chicago Police’s Inaccurate, Racially Discriminatory Gang Database

In the News—The Chicagoans for an End to the Gang Database, a coalition of individuals and community organizations, gathered in City Hall on Tuesday to announce a new federal class action against the City of… Continue

Intellectually disabled man wrongfully convicted as a teen wins release after 20+ years in prisonIntellectually disabled man wrongfully convicted as a teen wins release after 20+ years in prison

Press Releases & Statements—Corey Williams, who was wrongfully convicted at age 16 by prosecutors who acted with no regard for truth or justice, will finally regain his freedom after more than 20 years in prison for a crime he… Continue

Community Groups Finalize CPD Consent Decree Demands

Press Releases & Statements—The Campbell v. City of Chicago coalition of community-based organizations that are deeply-rooted in Chicago’s Black and Latinx communities, release the Chicago Community Consent Decree. The… Continue

In a Major Step toward Federal Oversight of Police Reform, Community Groups Enter into Agreement with City of Chicago and Illinois Attorney General

Press Releases & Statements—In a major development in the fight for federal oversight of the Chicago Police Department (CPD), over a dozen community groups today reached an agreement with the City of Chicago and the Illinois… Continue