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the criminal justice system across the u. s. is slowly shifting away from harsh sentences and longer jail time illinois the latest example under a bill which could be signed into law in the coming weeks inmates accused of nonviolent crimes , trespassing and retail theft will be released without bond pending trial if they keys is not resolved within thirty days , reuters correspondent few dougherty's isn't chicago , last week to two inmates of the cook county jail who are hoping this new initiative will help them out , who have been accused of that relatively minor that's , but they're very high fails because they do have criminal records nonviolent criminals , they're people with very limited resources and people like that hope to be released from the jail when this new initiative goes through text is shut out a hundred and forty three dollars a day per inmate at cook county jail which currently houses some eight hundred accused and convicted people the bell hopes to cut costs at the biggest locked up in the country which according to its sheriff is overflowing with drug addicts , the homeless and the mentally ill who and his words are not dangerous , good quality sheriff tom dart told me that the initiative is a little bit about saving money but it's not really about saving money because hopefully they will be making sure that the inmates are in community based programs for tribes or for mental health issues and also they will follow what they might be on electronic monitoring and they will get calls to make sure that they are here , other cities that have introduced similar plans include washington , you see which has an eighty nine percent court appearance rate for inmates released on their own recognizance , the other night bill is awaiting approval from republican governor bruce ratner