Cook County Jail
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart has criticized Gov. Bruce Rauner’s budget cuts, saying the governor’s fiscal plan will end up costing the state a lot more money in the long run, and needlessly send more people to jail.
Officials in the area where inmates are held right after being dropped off at the facility noticed a man climbing up in the ceiling Friday morning. Jail director Cara Smith said the man suffers serious mental illness, and this just highlighted some of the problems jail officers handle every day.
One woman at Cook County Jail has been incarcerated since last summer, awaiting trial for stealing about $4 worth of plums and candy. She was pregnant at the time, and Sheriff Tom Dart said her incarceration has cost the county $20,000.
The Cook County Sheriff’s office said it is exploring use of so-called “visitation technology,” which would provide friends and family another option for communicating with inmates, by allowing them to visit remotely via computer.
The sheriff’s office says last year judges in Cook County ordered 70 percent more defendants to stay at home and wear ankle bracelets than the year before.
Four divisions of the Cook County Jail have been placed on quarantine after 36 detainees came down with a stomach virus.
A Cook County jail inmate who died Thursday morning may have committed suicide, officials said.
Even the inmates at Cook County Jail are getting a snow day.
Jairo Avitia, 25, attended a bond hearing Jan. 24 after he was charged with predatory criminal sexual assault, court records show. He was ordered held on $325,000. The next day, Avitia apparently attempted to commit suicide at the jail and was taken to a hospital for treatment.
CBS 2’s Brad Edwards goes inside the Cook County Jail to meet a man whose mom made headlines.
An Indian immigrant who has spent the past six months in jail for failing to pay child support was set free Thursday, by the same judge who had him locked up, after an anonymous lawyer intervened on the man’s behalf.
Eleven years ago, the same public defender was attacked by another inmate inside a courtroom, when he was knocked to the floor, and hit his head.
A Cook County public defender was injured Wednesday afternoon after being struck by an inmate at the Cook County Jail, according to according to Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart’s office.
The FBI has put the bite on a Cook County Jail guard and a Chicago 911 supervisor and five others, for attempting to smuggle contraband into the jail, reports WBBM’s Bob Roberts.
Reginald Potts was arrested just three months after the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend Nailah Franklin in 2007. He’s yet to go to trial. CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker reports.
George Krueger of Blue Island has been held in the jail since Aug. 24, when he was ordered held on a $100,000 bond on charges of telephone harassment, criminal damage to property and criminal trespass, according to the Cook County sheriff’s office.
A convicted murderer who took the lead in a federal lawsuit claiming a “sadistic culture of brutality and violence” in the Cook County Jail has been charged with threatening to shoot up a Chicago Police officer’s North Side home if she testified against him.
A Cook County Jail guard is free on bond after being charged with trying to sneak alcohol to inmates.
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.
Trapped inside a small visiting room, 51-year-old Farad Polk says he pounded on the door. But there he stayed for 32 hours, until he set off the fire sprinklers to get noticed. WBBM’s Steve Miller reports.