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Thu, 08/22/2019
The database is “inaccurate,” generates “false narrative” that people released on bond are responsible for Chicago’s gun violence, critics said.
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Thu, 08/22/2019
Chicago’s top cop says a gun offender dashboard will create a “culture of accountability.” But not everyone agrees. Cook County Public Defender Amy Campanelli explains why she objects to the database. https://www.pbs.org/video/cook-county-public-defender-amy-campanelli-gun...
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Tue, 08/13/2019
The Chicago Police Department’s new online database showing bond amounts for people charged with gun crimes needs to be taken down, Cook County Public Defender Amy Campanelli said Wednesday...
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Fri, 08/02/2019
The Cook County Office of the Public Defender along with the Clerks Office and some other associations participated in the Driver's License Reinstatement Expo. We look forward for more of these taking place, check back again when more information is available.
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Thu, 05/23/2019

Mike Morrissey, Deputy of City Wide Operations,for the Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender announces his retirement. Mike has served the office for over 40 years. He has been an inspiring and dedicated advocate for the clients of this office, as well as a leader and mentor to 100's of Assistant Public Defenders.


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Mon, 04/15/2019

Monday, April 15th, 2019 thru Friday, April 19th, 2019 is Amnesty Week at the Circuit Court of Cook County.


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Thu, 02/14/2019

A recent speech, given by Amy Campanelli, appeared in The Progressive, an online magazine that advocates for "peace, social justice, and the common good." You can read the original article by going to https://progressive.org/dispatches/at-the-hands-of-police-campanelli-190....


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Thu, 01/17/2019

An Editorial published in the Chicago Tribune discussing the dangerous nature of prisons for ALL inmates, not just Police Officers.


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Wed, 11/14/2018

Amy Campanelli, Public Defender of Cook County, was the keynote speaker at the recent Governors State University Symposium of Social Justice and Criminal Justice Reform.


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Wed, 11/07/2018

Lawyers from the Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender provide advice to people seeking to learn how to expunge juvenile records.


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Wed, 11/07/2018

Asst. Cook County Public Defenders Attended Lawndale Christian Legal Center Benefit Dinner


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Wed, 11/07/2018

Asst. Cook County Public Defenders Attend Lawndale Christian Legal Center Benefit Dinner


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Tue, 10/16/2018

Congratulations to Camille Durham, recipient of the IPDA 2018 Bruce Jacobs Award


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Fri, 09/14/2018

The Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender has received numerous calls in recent weeks from individuals who were contacted by someone claiming to be an attorney from our office and soliciting money in exchange for providing legal representation to those individuals’ loved ones. Please be advised that this is a scam and any such calls should be reported to a local law enforcement agency. Under no circumstances would anyone from the Cook County Public Defender’s Office ask for payment of any kind for legal representation.

If you or someone that you know is arrested in Cook County, you are entitled to have an attorney from our office represent you at the police station for FREE. You can call us toll free at (844) 817 – 4448, to have an attorney come to a police station 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


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