CHICAGO – Governor J.B. Pritzker has commuted Gerald Reed’s sentence, the man who claimed he was tortured into falsely confessing to a 1990 double murder under former Police Commander Jon Burge.
According to the Office of Gov. Pritzker, Reed was commuted as a result of time served.
Reed has long maintained his innocence, saying that the detective who forced a confession out of him was part of a squad under Burge’s command that was accused of torturing suspects — mostly black men — into confessions between 1972 and 1991.
Burge was convicted of perjury but never prosecuted for torture. He died in 2018.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.