In Cook County, the price of bailing out of jail varies depending on the current charges, prior criminal record, and the luck of the draw, since judges each have their own standards. And, though all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty, walking free depends on being able to round up cash. Here’s what happened to a sample of the accused in bond court recently, from lowest bond to highest.
Martell T.: In court August 8, charged with possessing about an ounce of marijuana. Has prior convictions for marijuana possession. Placed on home confinement with electronic monitoring.
Chaundell W.: In court September 18, charged with manufacturing/delivering one to 15 grams of heroin and violation of probation. Prior convictions for narcotics. $10,000 bond. (Still in jail.)
Kurtis M.: In court September 18, charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon for possessing a loaded revolver. No prior convictions. $20,000 bond. (Bailed out on August 25, skipped next court date.)
Antwon M.: In court September 18, charged with unlawful use of a weapon for possessing a loaded eight-millimeter handgun. On juvenile probation for gun possession. $30,000 bond. (Still in jail.)
Jerome Y.: In court September 24, charged with aggravated battery and resisting arrest. Prior conviction for reckless conduct. $50,000 bond. (Still in jail.)
Theodore S.: In court September 18, charged with retail theft for shoplifting wine, Tylenol, and Advil worth a total of $22.77. Dozens of prior arrests, convictions for trespassing and theft. $60,000 bond. (Jailed until September 25, when the charges were dropped.)
Charles F.: In court September 18, charged with manufacture/delivery of one gram of heroin within 1,000 feet of a school, attempted sale to an undercover officer. Four prior narcotics convictions. $100,000 bond. (Still in jail.)
Byron Champ, Tabari Young, Brad Jett, Kewane Gatewood: In court September 24, charged with attempted murder and aggravated battery with a firearm for the shooting of 13 people at a Back of the Yards park. No bond—jailed pending trial.