Incoming Cook County Public Defender Sharone Mitchell Jr.

March 28, 2021

April 1 marks a changing of the guard at the Cook County Public Defender’s office as Sharone Mitchell Jr. prepares to take over as the county’s top defense lawyer. He succeeds Amy Campanelli, who launched multiple new branches of the office during her six-year term and carved out a legacy as a vocal advocate for policy reforms. Alex Nitkin spoke with Mitchell about how he plans to carry on that legacy, and how he’ll use his new position to help implement the sweeping new criminal justice reform law he championed as a member of the Coalition to End Money Bond.

Listen below.