Chicago/Suburbs

REVOLVING DOOR POLICY: RAPPER MURDERED OUTSIDE COOK COUNTY JAIL COULD HAVE BEEN PREVENTED

by P. J. McNeal, The Chicago Times

July 13, 2021

CHICAGO — After the brutal murder of a rapper outside Cook County Jail over the weekend where 59 shell casings were discovered some are questioning the Cook County State’s Attorney’s prosecution strategy.

Superintendent David Brown is using the rapper’s case to advocate for the incarceration of violent offenders.  On Tuesday, the superintendent expressed his surprise and dismay at the fact that Londre Sylvester, 31, a violent repeat offender, was able to flee.

The rapper, whose stage name is KTS Dre, was to be placed under electronic surveillance.

But, according to the superintendent, that is not enough.  Sylvester was released from jail on Saturday night and was ambushed by gunmen outside the facility.  There were 59 shell casings on the scene, according to CPD, and two women were also wounded.

Following several weapons, assault, and habitual criminal charges, Sylvester was imprisoned for violating his bond.  The Chicago rapper was released after his fiancé posted $1,000 bail and agreed to electronic monitoring

“All of his previous arrests, serious felonies, and extremely violent crimes did not keep him in prison.  It also created a risky environment for others who wanted to put him on electronic surveillance. “According to Brown.

In Cook County, there are currently 3,500 people on electronic surveillance.  So, who decides who is subjected to electronic surveillance?  According to a CPD, it is up to the prosecutor to recommend a bond or electronic monitoring, and the judge will make the final decision.  The revolving door continues.

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