CHICAGO (CBS) — Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart predicted several months ago that summer would bring a dramatic increase in the population of the jail, and that’s come true, but he said they’re managing so far.
“These numbers are, God they’re hard, they’re really hard on our staff,” Dart said. “I actually had feared it was going to be a lot worse right now. If we can get through toward the end of September, we’ll be okay.”
In late march, when the jail population was just 8 shy of capacity, Dart sounded the alarm, fearing the typical summer spike in crime could push the population to dangerous levels. On Wednesday, the sheriff said they’ve been able to keep the situation manageable — for now.