Saturday, March 4, 2017

They took an oath

They want to empty the jail so they can save money and use it for other things like contracts and patronage.

Bond was reduced significantly today at Cook County felony court from $400,000 ($40K) to $40,000 ($4K) as defendant's private attorney appealed to the judge that the charge of Drug Induced Homicide, a Class X Felony is the only arrest of defendant & that the defendant's family has only $1,000 raised despite the families financial ability in hiring a private attorney. 
Ironic that funds were available for a private attorney but not his initial bond set so it was reduced significantly. I do not recall Cook County extending their support to my husband & I as our family at a moments notice funded a funeral & burial for our beautiful 18 year old daughter who was taken so suddenly. 
The President often inquires as to what is going on in Chicago? Well here is one disheartening example of our failing system. The 2nd defendant adult charged as a juvenile in our daughter's drug induced homicide was released from custody within days of
her criminal charge of Drug Induced Homicide. Electronic monitoring vacated by the juvenile judge after only one month. No mandated drug screening. GED or enrollment into a high school is of no importance. No curfew implemented. Counseling mandated by the judge 5+ months ago but to date non compliant. Many of these guidelines we requested as it is our wish that both defendants are rehabilitated. 
It is not the police. It is not the State's Attorney's & I don't even believe it is the Judges. It is
County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, who has been critical of too many nonviolent offenders clogging the Cook County jail. She believes further bond court reforms could bring the jail's population down to about 6,000. A number significantly lower despite the increase of crime. Ms Preckwinkle, at what cost will these reforms continue? Wasn't the fatal overdose of our daughter one too many? An overdose worthy of sending a strong message to other dealers? When are the lives of the victims & their families of any significance? Why are the rights of the criminals advocated for but not the victims? There is a Heroin/Opioid epidemic killing our community members daily and the focus is clogging the jails? How about the 1,800+ fatal overdoses in Cook County in 2016 clogging our medical examiners office? So many that refrigerated trucks are utilized to store our loved ones. When will we focus on reducing the number of fatalities as a result of the opioid/Heroin epidemic?
I am terrified for the next victim to fall prey to these criminals dealing death to our children as they are deemed as non violent offenders.
Saturday his 4,000 bond will be posted & the defendant who admitted to driving to pick up the Ecstasy, weigh it out on the scale for purchase and by his own admission in a videotaped statement share that he knew the Ecstasy was pure & potent will be released from jail. The defendant knew that the Ecstasy that he distributed to my daughter was lethal and he still distributed it for his own financial gain.
She sat alone in her bedroom terrified as her temperature rose, her organs cooked from the inside out, her lungs filled with fluid and her precious little heart stopped beating. 
My daughter made a terrible choice which cost her her life. Our lives forever broken without a piece of our family. There will be no leniency or 2nd chance for her. She is forever gone. 
Will county, Kankakee county & Lake county continue to send a pretty strong message to dealers dealing drugs. These counties impose
2 million dollar bonds & maximum sentences for Drug Induced Homicide cases. 
When will the lives of our children in Cook County be of greater importance than Ms Precwinkles concerns of a clogging Cook County jail?
"When bad things happen to good people, they grieve & they suffer. Then they resolve not to allow it to happen to someone else. Not so it can help justify the pain, suffering or loss that has struck their family but so no one else has to feel the pain they have felt"
When Sydney Schergen died of a drug overdose last year, Theresa Almanza found herself in an unusual position.