Chief Judge and Rockford Police Chief discuss process for setting bail

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) – Judge Joseph McGraw and Rockford Police Chief Dan O’Shea are getting on the same page when it comes to the process of setting bail for people accused of criminal offenses and the impact of law enforcement’s impact on high-risk cases.

The two spoke during a closed-door meeting on Friday.

Judge McGraw noted that the court may set bail based on two factors. One, the likelihood of the person re-offending and two, the likelihood of the accused appearing in court as directed.

A joint press release between Judge McGraw and Chief O’Shea says the court has been successful in identifying cases that are suitable for pre-trial release.

Of the people released on bond in 2016, 92% were not re-arrested for a new charge.

“There’s not a not a one size fits all metric where every class four felony should get this bond or every class three felony should have this bond, in fact, the supreme court did away with any kind of bond schedule. Now the judge just sets the bond in the appropriate case,” says Chief Judge Joseph McGraw.
The two also spoke about police’s role in setting bail.

Judge McGraw says if there’s a particular offender that law enforcement believes is high risk, they should pass that information on to the State’s Attorney’s Office and the State’s Attorney’s Office makes the court aware of any concerns.