People v. JacksonAnnotate this Case
Following separate convictions, the circuit court of Cook County charged the two defendants $10 each for the Arrestee’s Medical Costs Fund (medical cost assessment), 730 ILCS 125/17. Neither actually received medical services. The appellate court upheld the assessment. The Illinois Supreme Court affirmed with respect to one defendant and dismissed the other appeal. The plain language of the statute does not indicate the collection of the fee depends upon actual use for defendant's medical care. The statutory scheme requires convicted defendants to contribute to the fund because an arrestee who does use medical services while in custody is required to reimburse the county only to the extent that he or she is reasonably able to pay, leaving the fund to reimburse the county for the balance.