In The News

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

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


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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

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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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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Wed, 05/23/2018

The Chief Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County has published the results of monitoring of the Model Bond Court Initiative, measuring 7 key performance figures.  Among the information reported is the jail population over the period from October 2017- March 2018, the amount of bond set as the result of the new policies, and the court attendance rate for those achieving pretrial release.  

Some highlights of the report show:

General Population - From October 2017 to March 2018, the General Population decreased 12.1 %


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Sat, 05/12/2018

Electronic monitoring — instituted nearly 30 years ago as a safety valve for an overcrowded county jail — has emerged as the latest battleground in the fight to reform bond court in Cook County, sparking heated debate over public safety in a city struggling to contain gun violence. (Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune)


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Fri, 05/04/2018

Amy Campanelli, the Cook County Public Defender held an open house on April 26, to celebrate the completion of the renovation of their offices at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse.


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Mon, 04/09/2018

Public defenders from across the country gathered in Denver last week to talk about best practices for diverting people suffering from mental health issues away from the criminal justice system at a conference hosted by the Equitas Project.


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Fri, 03/16/2018

On February 24, 2018, Rich Central High School Mock Trial Team, coached by Cook County Public Defender Attorney Supervisor Connie Jordan, took 1st place in the Cook County 6th District Circuit Court High School Mock Trial competition.


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