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Willie Wilson to bail out Chicago inmates who can’t afford bond {VIDEO}

Businessman and former Chicago mayoral candidate Willie Wilson. (Photo: CBS Chicago)

Willie Wilson, a Chicago businessman and former candidate for mayor, wants to help give some Cook County inmates a second chance.

Wilson recently announced his plan to spend thousands of dollars to post bond for people facing nonviolent, misdemeanor charges who could not otherwise afford bond. The issue is close to his heart, as his son was sent to jail on drug charges but was shot shortly after his release.

“If we can save one out of a thousand, then it’s worth it,” he said.

Wilson’s pilot program will begin with $15,000 to bail out 15 to 20 inmates with bonds set at $1,000 or less. What’s more, he will give each inmate $200 upon their release to help them as they look toward the second chance.

“I can’t police them. All I can do is do a good deed and hope for the best,” Wilson said. “I’m trusting that they’ll make the right decision and understanding the situation.”

Wilson will also be offering them resources to help them find a brighter future and plans to ask them questions so he can help: “If you don’t have a GED, will you consider going to school for GED or a trade? If there’s a drug problem, will you consider going for something to get some help?”

“ [I] just hope that they can get out and they have a different mind, different perspective,” Wilson said.

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Comment by Lu on September 19, 2016 at 1:17pm
Those correctional facilities are built for profit and to remind us, that our freedom is a governed lie...Prayers to all who has to go through the struggles of injustices...
Comment by Roots aka TJ What De Ras on September 19, 2016 at 12:45am
The system know certain type of people can't post bail and prolong the case for years, even the get lost in the process leaving the person stuck in jail.
Comment by BIIGMANN on September 18, 2016 at 1:42pm
95% of non-violent crimes should not even be in jail it's all for the government and the state to make money of the inmates which is a joke
Comment by team-night-vision-surverillance on September 17, 2016 at 11:55pm
Life still have people with good hearts.salute & respect

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