Criminal justice stakeholders in Cook County gather after a press conference announcing receipt of a $1.85 million grant to reduce jail populations and track the county’s bond reform process. Credit: A.D. Quig

On Wednesday, the Chicago-based MacArthur Foundation awarded a $1.85 million grant to criminal justice stakeholders in Cook County to reduce the jail population, divert certain nonviolent offenders away from the criminal justice system, and track efforts to remind defendants about their dates in court.

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