CHICAGO (CBS) — The Cook County Sheriff’s office has decided not to take any disciplinary action against jail employees, after a 51-year-old visitor was trapped for 32 hours in a small room at the jail last month.
WBBM Newsradio’s Steve Miller reports Cook County Jail executive director Cara Smith described the incident as a “perfect storm of unfortunate circumstances.”
Farad Polk visited the jail on the evening of July 5 to see his son, and ended up imprisoned himself when he walked into the wrong room. He became trapped in a small visiting room in the super maximum security Division 9 area of the jail for 32 hours, without food, water, or a toilet.
Smith said an internal review has concluded.
“The investigation showed that our staff, both in our lobby and in the visiting room that Mr. Polk’s son was to visit with him in, both staff went above and beyond to try to find out where Mr. Polk was when he didn’t come to the visiting room,” she said.