Dr. Willie Wilson to bail out Cook County Jail detainees who are poor

    Launches entrepreneur program for others

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    Willie Wilson

    By Chinta Strausberg

    Humanitarian, music artist and former presidential candidate Dr. Willie Wilson late Sunday night confirmed he is paying bail bond money for numerous non-violent Cook County Corrections inmates who are too poor to get out of jail and give each a crisp $100 bill.

    The 68-year-old Wilson, who also ran for mayor, also confirmed he will be meeting with people who aspire to own their own businesses Monday at 6 p.m., at the Chicago Baptist Institute International, where he is chairman, 5120 So. King Dr., from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

    Wilson wants to help launch start-up businesses which he says is crucial to healing a broken community.

    Dr. Wilson has a strong passion for helping Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart reduce his over-populated prison, especially those who are in there “for stealing toothpaste” and other petty, non-violent crimes. Wilson said it doesn’t make sense to keep detainees locked up at the taxpayer’s expense.

    Monday, September 12, Wilson will be meeting with Dart’s top aides to ensure that the list of detainees he is bailing out does not include those suffering from mental health issues or who were arrested for violent crimes. Dart has repeatedly said he has a large number of mentally ill people in his jail.

    Wilson will be armed with $10,000 in bail bond money to free non-violent detainees who committed misdemeanors.

    “I want to bail out some of the men, white, Black and Asian. Some are there because they cannot pay a $50, $100 bond. Some are in jail because they stole food or may have had a fight. I have been giving money away to churches, but now I am paying bail bond money for non-violent people,” he said.

    “I am hoping to get as many out of jail until 2017, and we will urge them to get a GED or if they are having substance abuse problems to seek rehab intervention,” Wilson said.

    “I am trying to get to a place call heaven and seek every day to reach out and help with no price attached to it.” But Dr. Wilson has yet another good will project close to his heart.

    “We are going to have a fund raiser to help veterans and senior citizens,” said Wilson vowing to raise up to $200,000 for veterans and seniors to help pay their utility bills.

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    6 COMMENTS

    1. Would be nice if Rev. Wilson woud help the paratransit riders. Go to http://www.impruve,org for details or Google IMPRUVE, Dr. Maat or #returnpartransittoCTA. Another thng he can do is come and bring his fellow astors to the acrion Thu. September 22 to ask Gov. Rauner to sign the waiver so 80,00-200,000 peopel will not lose their SNAP benefits. And hold peace vigil Sat. Set. 24 for one hour outside his neighborhood or church. Thank you.

    2. My grandson will lose his snap in October he is a full time student at a university here in Illinois with a few hours of work a week he lives with me since his mother passed away when he was a baby. I’m 75 yrs old but I do my best to make sure that he gets a chance to to stay in school

    3. Hello Dr. Willie Wilson what your about to do for the young men thats locked up is awesome everyone deserve a better chance in life. Just because your behind bars doesn’t make you a bad person.
      Mr. Wilson im writing you from the heart can you help my son ……. he’s incarcerated in Cook County Jail .
      His name is Matthew L Smith…….thank you…..

    4. Hi my name is jenny and my wife is locked up in will county jail and i lost my job and my place of living and holidays coming up and i pray every night for her to be home for the holidays and i am trying to find a job so we can have a place to live. Her name is melissa jean cummings (ellison) was wondering from bottom of my heart you could help in any way possible thank you and god bless

    5. I know about Dr. Willie Wilson. Dr. Willie Wilson what your going to accomplish for the young fellows that is bolted up is amazing everybody merit a superior possibility in life. Because your in a correctional facility doesn’t make you an awful individual. Mr. Wilson im thinking of you from the heart would you be able to help my child.

    6. Hello Willie Wilson. My name is Pat Welch. I have a son, Pierre Welch, who has been locked up in Cook County Jail for almost 5 years. I believe he is innocent. He was trying to help a person he thought was his friend and got set-up. I hadon’t been trying to see how to go about getting a bond reduction, but lately I got laid off my job from The Cook County Recorder of Deeds. Our family is experiencing hardship after hardship. Can you please reach out to Pierre Carlson Welch, Division 11. I will greatly appreciate your time. Thank you so very much and God bless you.

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