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Cook County judges forced to set affordable bonds for non-dangerous defendants

One of the reasons that the United States has such a disproportionately high prison population is that a lot of people just can’t afford to avoid jail once they are accused of a crime.

Although it’s law in most states that judges should set bond that defendants can actually afford, this isn’t often the case. Cook County is now one of a handful that are working to reconcile this glaring flaw in the criminal justice system. 

Staci Yandle and Darrin Gayles confirmed as federal judges


We previously reported that President Obama had nominated Staci Yandle to preside over the U.S. District Court in Illinois.

Today, it was announced that both Yandle and Darrin Gayles have been confirmed as federal judges. Yandle is now the second black lesbian–and the first in 20 years–to be confirmed; Gayles becomes the first openly gay black male to serve as a federal judge