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The following resolution was passed by the June 5, 2019, meeting of the CTU House of Delegates.

WHEREAS, more than 60,000 people are admitted to Cook County Jail every year, and a majority of them are incarcerated simply because they cannot afford to pay a money bond; and

WHEREAS, pretrial incarceration and unaffordable money bonds disproportionately impact Black and Brown communities and impoverished communities, causing people to lose their housing, jobs, access to public benefits, and even custody of their children; and

WHEREAS, people with disabilities are disproportionately criminalized and harmed by pretrial jailing, and approximately one third of people in Cook County Jail have been diagnosed with a mental illness; and

WHEREAS, pretrial incarceration increases recidivism and decreases public safety over time by destabilizing the lives of accused people and their families and increases the likelihood that a person will be convicted and receive a longer sentence, sending people deeper into the criminal justice system; and

WHEREAS, approximately 85% of Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) students are Latinx or Black, and 87% of the student body resides in low-income households; and

WHEREAS, the pretrial incarceration of CPS’ students disrupts their education and other positive connections to their communities; and

WHEREAS, the pretrial incarceration of parents and other family members of CPS’ students disrupts the lives of students and is a barrier to their short and long term academic success; and

WHEREAS, the denial of pretrial release solely due to inability to pay a money bond has been found to be a violation of the United States Constitution; and

WHEREAS, the Illinois Supreme Court established the Commission on Pretrial Practices in December 2017 to evaluate the state’s pretrial justice system and make recommendations for reform; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that the CTU supports the implementation of an Illinois Supreme Court Rule that would end wealth-based pretrial incarceration and dramatically reduce the number of people jailed in the state of Illinois; and

RESOLVED, that the CTU will send a representative to the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Pretrial Practices’ listening session at the Michael A. Bilandic Building on Monday, June 17, 2019, at 12:00 p.m. to testify in support of the adoption of the proposed Illinois Supreme Court Rule; and

RESOLVED, that the CTU will publicly advocate for such a Rule and ask that due research, thought, and open public dialogue be devoted to the creation of such a Rule at the state level; and be it finally

RESOLVED, that CTU will demand that no one is incarcerated pretrial simply because they cannot afford to pay a money bond and that people be granted maximum freedom in the community while awaiting trial.