Group Highlights Plight Of Jailed Women, Moms

Nancy Harty
May 05, 2019 - 3:27 pm

Cook County Jail

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A week before Mother's Day, dozens of people held a vigil outside the Cook County Jail for the moms locked up there and elsewhere. 

Monica Cosby on Sunday said she still thinks about the women she served time with and how she could easily be back in prison if it weren't for her support system.

She and members of Moms United Against Violence and Incarceration are pushing for more resources to stop recidivism and women from being jailed in the first place. 

Director of organizing for the group, Holly Krig, said such community efforts have helped influence county public officials to lower or eliminate bond in some cases.

Celia Colon said her record still haunts her, even though she's built a productive life since leaving prison 18 years ago -- starting a family, working and earning educational certificates.

She said her eighth-grade daughter's school won't allow her to chaperone once a background turned up her conviction on attempted murder.

The group held a toiletry drive for incarcerated women. 

WBBM Newsradio/Nancy Harty