Chicago – Number of county criminal suspects on electronic monitoring surges

Cook County judges are ordering more suspects charged in non-violent crimes to await trial at home on electronic monitoring, rather than behind bars, according to new statistics released Wednesday. In the last year alone, the number of suspects on electronic monitoring has more than doubled, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s office announced. In 2010, a daily average of 395 suspects arrested in Cook County were on home electronic monitoring, but that number jumped to a daily average of 533 during the third quarter of the county’s fiscal year, ending Aug. 31. It climbed even more in September with the average hovering around 720 with 829 on home electronic monitoring on Sept. 27th alone, the most recent statistic available. The numbers, compiled by Preckwinkle and Sheriff Tom Dart’s offices, are expected to…[For full story: http://www.suntimes.com/8057426-417/number-of-county-criminal-suspects-on-electronic-monitoring-surges.html ]

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