CCBF Pays Bail for Sherrif
On April 12, 2017, CCBF posted $3,000 to free Sherrif from Cook County Jail. Sherrif is a 22-year-old community leader and father of two. He was arrested on April 7, 2017, and a judge set his bond at $30,000 (meaning he would have to pay $3,000 to leave jail). Sherrif and his family could not afford the $3,000 required to free him, but contributed $100 to the bond CCBF ultimately posted. On May 23rd, Sherrif’s case resolved. He received 18 months conditional discharge for a misdemeanor and avoided a felony conviction. For $3,000, Sherrif was spared 42 days in jail.
With assistance from CCBF, Sherrif was able to return home to his family and his fiancée, Jackie, who was 8 months pregnant. Since Sherrif has been released, he was able to accompany Jackie to all her prenatal doctor visits and support her during her pregnancy. Last week Jackie gave birth to a beautiful and healthy daughter and Sherrif was able to be present at the hospital for the birth. In addition, because Sherrif was bonded out quickly, he was able return to his job as a dishwasher at a local restaurant.
Since his release, Sherrif has also been able to continue to be involved in his community as a youth leader. Sherrif graduated from Sullivan High School in 2013 and has worked with Circles and Ciphers (a restorative justice leadership development program in Rogers Park) doing violence prevention work with young people since 2010. As part of his work with Circles and Ciphers, Sherrif gives presentations around the country and works directly with youth from his neighborhood to promote healthy conflict resolution.
When Sherrif is not working or volunteering, he provides childcare for his nieces and step-son. Sherrif is now busy being an active father for his daughter and continuing his work with Circles and Ciphers.