Wednesday, September 14, 2016
He beat the Chicago pandering Mayor Rahm Emanuel to this idea.... Chicago businessman and former Mayoral candidate Willie Wilson wants to spend thousands of dollars to bail inmates out of the Cook County Jail.
CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports on what some might see as an unconventional crime fighting plan.
“If we can save one out of a thousand, then it’s worth it,” Wilson says.
He’s talking about inmates at the Cook County Jail booked on nonviolent, misdemeanor charges, who don’t have enough money to post bond.
Wilson wants to bail them out to give them a second chance.
“If I let you sit there you don’t have a chance to get a good education, get a job, or start your life over,” he said.
For his pilot program, Wilson plans to invest $15,000 to bail out 15-20 inmates with bonds set at $1,000 or less. He also plans to give each of them $200 in cash once they’re out.
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