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Supt. McCarthy Wants To Talk With Feds About MCC

Some sort of harness dangles on the end of a makeshift rope outside the MCC. (CBS)

Some sort of harness dangles on the end of a makeshift rope outside the MCC. (CBS)

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CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago’s top cop says he wants to talk with federal authorities about security at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in the wake of this week’s dramatic escape from the downtown facility.

Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy says maximum security federal prisons are not unusual in downtown areas in big cities, but escapes like the daring one this week at the Metropolitan Correctional Center are rare and he is concerned.

“I am not so familiar with what goes on there, I am going to make myself,” said McCarthy.

He doesn’t remember such problems at the similar such facility in New York City when he was there.

McCarthy wants to sit down with the federal authorities at the MCC “to ensure that we have plans in place for cooperation and working towards, first of all quickly identifying and second of all quickly apprehending in an instance like this.”

Superintendent McCarthy is the guest on this week’s “At Issue” at 9:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. Sunday on WBBM Newsradio 780 and 105.9 FM.