Cook County Jail

Cook County Jail (Credit: CBS)

“Rocket Docket” Law Aiming To Keep Low-Level Defendants From Languishing In Jail

The new law creates a special court, dubbed the “rocket docket,” for non-violent inmates charged with minor retail theft, or trespassing; many of whom now have to wait behind bars for months, because they cannot afford even a low bail.

08/25/2015

Karolina and Bill Hogueisson (Family Photo)

Good Samaritans Save Suicidal Man Sitting In Middle Of Busy Street

A couple on their way to work Friday stopped to help a man sitting in the middle of busy Cicero Avenue, but little did they know, they had already him.

08/08/2015

Oscar Taylor (Cook County Sheriff's Department)

Correctional Officer Accused Of Watching Porn With Jail Inmates

Oscar Taylor, 53, was a correctional officer assigned to monitor detainees receiving haircuts at the Division 6 barbershop, according to a statement from the Cook County Sheriff’s Office.

08/06/2015

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart speaks to reporters after taking Archbishop Blase Cupich on a tour of Cook County Jail. (Credit: CBS)

Archbishop Cupich Tours Cook County Jail

Sheriff Tom Dart led Archbishop Blase Cupich on a tour of Cook County Jail on Tuesday, and highlighted the “disproportionate amount of Cook County’s poor, sick, vulnerable and disenfranchised individuals” who are being held there.

07/14/2015

Barbara Tominac. (Credit: CBS)

Cook County Jail Nurse Files Lawsuit Claiming She Was Fired For Blowing Whistle On Staff Stealing Medications

A Cook County Jail nurse says drugs intended for inmates are being stolen by staff, but when she told her bosses, she was terminated.

06/30/2015

Samuel Salas (Cook County Sheriff's Department)

Jailed Suspect Attacked Cook County Correctional Officer: Sheriff

Samuel Salas, 25, allegedly punched a correctional officer several times in the head on the way to court on the morning of June 4.

06/11/2015

Cook County Jail (Credit: CBS)

Cook County Jail Running Transition Center For Mentally Ill Inmates

The county’s jailers are trying a new approach, says Sheriff Tom Dart. CBS 2’s Mike Puccinelli reports.

05/28/2015

Cook County Jail (Credit: CBS)

Sheriff Appoints Psychologist To Run Cook County Jail

Having repeatedly called Cook County Jail the nation’s largest mental institution, Sheriff Tom Dart has tapped a clinical psychologist to run the facility.

05/19/2015

Prison fence

Dart Expanding Program To Tear Down Abandoned Buildings With Inmate Labor

More than a year into a program to train jail inmates a useful skill while providing a service to the community, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said the effort is “an outrageous success,” and is expanding.

05/12/2015

They gathered near Division 17 at the jail, where pregnant women are held. (Credit: Mike Krauser)

Vigil For Incarcerated Moms Held Outside Cook County Jail

About three dozen people took part in a vigil today with an early Mother’s Day message for those behind the razor wire at the Cook County Jail.

05/09/2015

Cook County Jail (Credit: CBS)

Cook County Officials Agree Too Many Minor Criminals End Up In Jail

Four top Cook County officials offered a wide spectrum of opinions Thursday as they talked about resolving problems in the criminal justice system, though all agreed too many people charged with minor crimes end up locked up in jail.

05/08/2015

Cook County Jail (Credit: CBS)

Cook County Jail Guard Paid $30,000 For One Day’s Work

The officer worked 6.75 hours of overtime on June 15, 2014, but 675 hours were mistakenly entered into the sheriff’s payroll system.

05/06/2015

Floyd Mayweather Jr. exchange punches with Manny Pacquiao during their welterweight unification championship bout, May 2, 2015 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Mayweather defeated Pacquiao by unanimous decision.  (Photo credit: JOHN GURZINSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Jail Guard Sick Calls Spiked On Mayweather-Pacquiao Fight Weekend

Officials at Cook County Jail suspect many correctional officers called in sick Saturday and Sunday so they could watch the long-anticipated Pacquiao-Mayweather fight.

05/05/2015

Cook County Jail (Credit: CBS)

Three Inmates Stabbed At Cook County Jail

A gang-related fight broke out in Division 11 of the jail about 8:30 a.m. and three inmates were stabbed, Cook County sheriff’s spokeswoman Sophia Ansari said.

04/22/2015

Cook County Jail (Credit: CBS)

Dart: Jail Population Will Increase If Rauner Cuts Mental Health Treatment

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.

03/27/2015

Cook County Jail (Credit: CBS)

Mentally Ill Jail Inmate Crawls Into Ceiling Vent

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.

03/20/2015

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart discusses his push to get low-level jail inmates released more quickly. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/WBBM)

Sheriff Wants Low-Level Inmates Released From Jail Faster

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.

03/10/2015

Cook County Jail (Credit: CBS)

Cook County Considering Video Visitation For Jail Inmates

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.

02/24/2015

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart is warning owners of foreclosed buildings not to send out illegal eviction notices ordering renters to move out before the 90-day timeframe required by law. (Credit: CBS)

Electronic Monitoring Surge In Cook County A Mixed Blessing, Dart Says

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.

02/23/2015

Cook County Jail (Credit: CBS)

Stomach Virus Outbreak Prompts Quarantine At Cook County Jail

Four divisions of the Cook County Jail have been placed on quarantine after 36 detainees came down with a stomach virus.

02/11/2015

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