Mayoral candidate Toni Preckwinkle released the following statement on the consent decree taking effect today:
“While the consent decree is only the first step toward reforming our police department and criminal justice system in Chicago, it is a critical and necessary step,” said Preckwinkle. “As mayor, I will ensure that we take the necessary steps to reform our criminal justice system and police department. This includes creating a Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, eliminating the code of silence, and ending the gang database.
Preckwinkle has been fighting on the frontlines for criminal justice reform through her entire career. As Cook County Board President she has reduced the county jail population by 30 percent, the overwhelming majority released for pre-trial detention and mostly for non-violent offenses.
Preckwinkle has also laid out a comprehensive public safety plan which includes forming a brand new Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice to ensure a holistic and collaborative approach to public safety, restore trust and accountability with the Chicago Police Department, and to make the Chicago Police Department the most effective police department in the country.