No Evidence Bond Reform Is To Blame For Chicago Gun Violence


Despite decades of claims by city officials and the Chicago Police Department that increased policing and aggressive incarceration would help curb gun violence, evidence has continually shown otherwise. To see the Superintendent of Police. David Brown draws on a long-standing argument that bond reform is somehow to blame – it’s incredibly disappointing.

Chicago crime rates have fallen since 2014. During the same time period, fewer people have been incarcerated in the Cook County Jail, saving taxpayers millions of dollars and avoiding the unnecessary trauma caused by the pretrial incarceration. There is simply no evidence that the bond reform led to crime. Bond reform has been immensely successful in beginning to restore equity in our courts and strengthen our communities.

Judges should not have the power to imprison the poor simply for being poor.

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Brown is right about one thing: the best way to stop violence is to prevent it in the first place. However, community violence groups received only $ 9 million of the $ 50 million in funding they needed last year. We must invest in our communities and fully fund neighborhood-driven poverty and violence programs.

Public officials fail when they actively ignore the facts and do not ask for proven solutions to the problem of gun violence. CPD’s 2020 budget is over $ 1.7 billion; Clearly, there is a lot of money available to help our communities recover. The city must prioritize anti-violence work in Chicago and focus on investing in neighborhoods rather than overfunding police and jails.

Sarah Staudt, Senior Policy Analyst and Staff Attorney, Chicago Appleseed

The name of the Blackhawks

Could anyone please explain why there is a move by some for the Chicago Blackhawks to be renamed and the logo removed?

It has always been at the top of the list of the most recognizable team symbols in history, often voted the most iconic. Not only does it not embody negative stereotypes, it actually features a Native American in a full headdress, denoting strength, power, and leadership.

Where will this political nonsense end?

Stuart Rudy, Northbrook

The job duties of the president

According to the White House, the president does not read his daily report on foreign affairs provided by intelligence agencies.

As a retired federal employee, I find this quite surprising. I have reflected on how much time I spent reading memos, instructions, and manuals. Much of this reading material was not particularly interesting, but doing so was a duty relevant to my position and performance.

If I had ever failed to carry out my duties properly, I would not be able to inform my supervisor that I had decided not to read. I could claim that I was busy with assignments or meeting deadlines, and that I had missed seeing something, but that was the only excuse for negligence.

Each federal post has four or five “critical elements.” Failure to comply with any of them may result in disciplinary action, specifically, a performance-based expulsion action.

For the president, reading his daily report qualifies as a critical task.

Charles Paidock, Bridgeport


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