Posted on January 15, 2022

Nearly 100 Murder Suspects Free on Home Confinement in Chicago Area

Craig McCarthy, New York Post, January 11, 2022

Nearly 100 murder suspects in the Chicago area are enjoying the comfort of home — thanks to soft-on-crime judges and criminal justice reforms designed to keep defendants out of jail, according to reports.

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said 2,600 defendants are under home confinement and electronic monitoring as part of the pre-trial program he runs.

“Home monitoring is not a program for people charged with violent offenses,” Dart told CBS Chicago {snip}

“Seventy-five to 80 percent of my people on home monitoring are charged with a violent offense,” he continued. “I have about 100 people on home monitoring who are charged with murder.”

In addition to the murder suspects, 852 people in the pre-trial program face aggravated gun possession charges and another 40 are charged with attempted murder {snip}


Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot was stunned by the data.

“Do you feel safer knowing these numbers? I don’t think any sane person does,” she said, according to the outlet.

Dart and Lightfoot have blamed the release of violent suspects on judges following a 2017 reform limiting the use of cash bail.