Former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge Reports To Prison

UPDATED 03/16/11 11:45 a.m.

BUTNER, N.C. (CBS) — Former police Cmdr. Jon Burge reported to prison Wednesday, after being convicted of lying about torturing suspects during the 1970s and ‘80s.

Burge was convicted last year of lying about torturing prisoners into making confessions. He was sentenced in January to 4 1/2 years in prison.

He was checked into a federal prison in Raleigh, N.C., at 8:24 a.m. Chicago time, in the same facility where Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff is serving his sentence.

The 72-year-old Madoff is serving a 150-year sentence at the Butner Federal Correctional Complex, which has both medium- and low-security facilities, as well as a medical center.

Since Burge was fired from the Police Department in 1993, his name has become synonymous with police brutality in Chicago.

Dozens of suspects accused Burge and the detectives under their command of shocking them with a homemade electrical device, suffocating them with typewriter bags, putting guns to their head and playing Russian roulette — all to force them to confess to murders they didn’t commit.

  • NWA

    Bye bye Burgey bye bye, Bye bye Burgey don’t cry.


    • Tammy

      What kind of insensitive comment is that? This guy is going to prison for almost nothing.

      • NWA

        Just wanna tell him’ “bye bye.” Maybe his grandchildren will visit him in the pokey!


  • LittleOldLady

    This poor old guy isn’t a threat to anyone. The penalty for lieing should be probation. Hopefully he will get special treatment.

    • NWA

      I hope he does all so. Hey bubba! Help this one out.


  • Chivi

    He’ll be in prison while his money builds up in his bank account. He will be getting paid while in prison. Taxpayers, this is one of your worst nightmares.

  • Shock The Monkeys Jon.

    Jon, When you get out I hear CPD is looking for a new Top Cop. You should apply for the position, maybe they could let you have your old desk and extension cord back.

    • Paul

      I would support that. We need someone who doesn’t take sh!t from these monkey criminals!!

  • NWA

    Three hots and a cot!


  • Show Me Your Badges

    We don’t have to show you no stinking Burges?.

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  • smooth

    Burge 4-1/2 years for corrupt practices and lying as a police commander. To all who defend or support him, he is just another exam[ple of how Chicago is the laughing stock of justice. This guy got off dirt cheap and it is the judiciary system who is the real culprit in all of these schemes. Deals and betrayal of public trust deserves a lot more harsher sentence and to add insult to injury this guy is collecting pension $$$ while serving time. Another joke the Pension board 4-4 vote and he wins. Those who voted in favor of him will stand before God one day and have to answer to Him for their prostituion of justice. This incluees all lawyers and judges. Your day in court will be a big surprise to you !!!!

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