Officials from Cook County and Chicago have been trading barbs lately on a topic that is important to both public safety and racial justice: bail reform. Who should have to pay bail to get out of jail? How much should they have to pay? Who should be held behind bars, while they await their trial, no matter how much cash they can put up?
Most of the debate isn’t about the most serious crimes, like murder, or the smallest crimes, like retail theft. It’s about gun possession crimes and whether those caught illegally carrying a gun should be held until trial or allowed to go home.