CHICAGO (AP) — A new report says staff shortages and other problems have undermined the office that helps Cook County judges decide if a suspect should remain in jail pending trial.
Friday's release of the report on pre-trial services comes amid scrutiny of the overcrowded Cook County Jail.
The 65-page report by the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts says doubts about the credibility of pretrial services' reports have led judges to rely on them less in deciding a suspect's fate.
It also says the number of staff at pretrial services has fallen to 104 employees, down from 179 employees in 1990. And it says that stretched-thin staff must use antiquated technology and incomplete data on suspects.
The report makes dozens of recommendations, including that pretrial services' Internet technology be upgraded.