A class-action lawsuit was filed late Feb. 26 on behalf of people allegedly being unconstitutionally detained under Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart's review policy for defendants already cleared for release by Cook County bond court judges, according to a joint press release from Thedford Garber Law and the Chicago Community Bond Fund.
The suit alleges that Dart's employees are detaining individuals even after their bonds have been posted or they are otherwise eligible for release in order to conduct additional discretionary reviews of their current charges and background.
The press release also said, "One person subject to review was in the sheriff's custody for more than 80 hours after her bond was paid by Chicago Community Bond Fund. As admitted by Dart's chief policy officer, Cara Smith, at least nine people who were already cleared for release by judges were detained [recently], and denied release, some of them despite the fact that their bonds had already been paid."
However, Smith took issue with the declaration, telling Windy City Times, "The lawsuit was filed after she [the person allegedly held for more than three days] was released from custody, and there was nothing unusual about her processing. With detainees, there's often a day or two to find a suitable host site and to get someone processed outso the lawsuit was curious, at best."