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Tylon Hudson (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)

Police: Convicted Killer Who Sued Over Jail Conditions Threatened Cop

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.

09/04/2014

Daniel Murry (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)

Cook County Jail Officer Charged With Selling Alcohol To Inmates

A Cook County Jail guard is free on bond after being charged with trying to sneak alcohol to inmates.

08/26/2014

An unused visiting room in a super maximum security area of Cook County Jail, where Farad Polk became trapped for 32 hours after he walked into the room, and the door locked behind him. (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)

No Disciplinary Action For Jail Staff After Visitor Trapped For 32 Hours

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.

08/22/2014

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Jail Director Says Visitor’s Abandonment Was ‘Perfect Storm’ Of Mishaps

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.

08/21/2014

Senator speaks about keeping people from joining gangs at Cook County Jail Division  11. (Credit: Craig Dellimore)

Kirk Meets With Gang Members During Tour Of Cook County Jail

Sen. Mark Kirk is applauding law enforcement’s efforts to stop gangs. He focused on more than one program in a tour of Cook County Jail on Wednesday, reports WBBM’s Craig Delimore reports.

08/20/2014

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Jail Boss: We’ll Have Room For Fugitives Sought In New Police Initiative

The head of Cook County Jail said she’ll find room for any and all fugitives picked up by teams of Chicago police officers and Illinois state troopers in the coming month, and put them in the jail’s custody.

08/14/2014

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Watch The Illinois Prison Population Explode Before Your Eyes

As of 2012, for every 100,000 Illinois residents, 381 of them were in prison.

07/31/2014

An unused visiting room in a super maximum security area of Cook County Jail, where Farad Polk became trapped for 32 hours after he walked into the room, and the door locked behind him. (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)

Jail Offers Glimpse Of Room Where Man Was Trapped For 32 Hours

Farad Polk went to Cook County Jail on the evening of July 5, to visit his son, and ended up imprisoned himself inside a small visiting room in the super maximum security Division 9 area of the jail.

07/16/2014

Farad Polk

Visitor Trapped Inside Cook County Jail For 32 Hours Files Lawsuit

he Chicago man trapped inside a visiting room at Cook County Jail for 32 hours is suing the county.

07/14/2014

Cook County Jail (Credit: CBS)

Visitor Trapped Inside Cook County Jail For 30 Hours

A visitor to Cook County Jail was trapped in the jail for 30 hours over the weekend – and now the sheriff’s office is investigating to find out what went wrong. WBBM’s Steve Miller has our exclusive story.

07/08/2014

From left: Lawrence Pope; Taveda Driver; Jermain Hoskins (Cook County Sheriff)

Corrections Officer, Two Others Charged In Smuggling Operation At Cook County Jail

A 2-year employee of the Cook County Sheriff’s Office and two others have been charged in a contraband smuggling operation at County Jail.

06/30/2014

Cook County Jail (Credit: CBS)

Man Dies Before Being Released From Cook County Jail

Daniel J. Paredes, 49, had been in custody at the jail since April 6 for a drug possession charge. His family had recently posted a $2,000 bond, and on Wednesday, he was in the process of being discharged.

05/15/2014

The Cook County Sheriff's office and mental health advocates released green balloons outside of the Cook County Jail on Friday to mark the start of Mental Health Awareness Month. Sheriff Tom Dart has called the jail the nation's largest mental health hospital, because of how many detainees who suffer from psychological problems. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya/CBS)

Sheriff Calls For More Mental Health Clinics

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart has called the jail the largest mental health hospital in the country.

05/02/2014

Cook County Jail (Credit: CBS)

Sheriff Helping Cook County Inmates Sign Up For Healthcare

At Cook County Jail 4,000 one-time inmates now have health coverage. CBS 2’s Brad Edwards reports why in this original report.

04/29/2014

Cook County Jail (Credit: CBS)

Alvarez Questions Wisdom Of Suggested Alternatives To Jail For Some Inmates

County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Sheriff Tom Dart have sought alternate arrangements such as home monitoring for inmates charged with non-violent crimes, but Alvarez expressed reservations to a broad-brush approach to releasing such inmates.

04/09/2014

Cook County Jail (Credit: CBS)

Dart Tells Congress ‘We Have Criminalized Mental Illness In This Country’

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart has taken his appeal for more help for mentally ill jail inmates to Capitol Hill.

03/26/2014

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Report Critical Of Cook County Pretrial Services

A new report says staff shortages and other problems have undermined the office that helps Cook County judges decide if a suspect should remain in jail pending trial.

03/21/2014

Cook County Jail (Credit: CBS)

Lawsuit Claims Cook County Jail Inmates Were Abused By Guards

Cook County’s Sheriff is talking this afternoon about a lawsuit that claims guards at the county jail have created what’s being described as a sadistic culture behind bars.

02/27/2014

Lester Hill (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)

Jail Program Worker Accused Of Having Sex With Inmate

Lester Hill, 27, is accused of having sex with a 23-year-old detainee of the jail on Jan. 13 and 15.

01/24/2014

Cook County Jail (Credit: CBS)

Preckwinkle Takes Aim At High Incarceration Rate

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is making Martin Luther King day an opportunity to have a look inside her own jail, reports WBBM’s John Cody.

01/20/2014

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