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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

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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

Leighton Criminal Courts Building (CBS)

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

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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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Cook County Jail Inmate Hangs Self In Cell

The young man — whose name has not yet been released — hanged himself with a bedsheet in his cell, and that he was in the cell by himself.

12/30/2013

Prison fence

Sheriff Using Inmates To Tear Down Abandoned Buildings

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart is attempting to tackle a major problem, using jail inmates as laborers.

12/20/2013

Cook County Jail (Credit: CBS)

Jail Inmates Get Chance At Career Through Barber School

It has been nearly two years since the Cook County Sheriff’s Department allowed the owner of some local barber colleges to start a barber college in the jail.

12/03/2013

Cook County Jail (Credit: CBS)

Part Of County Jail Loses Heat; Inmates Moved

Part of the Cook County Jail has been without heat for days.

11/26/2013

Cook County Jail (Credit: CBS)

Commissioner Seeks To Help Low-Level Jail Inmates Post Bond

A Cook County commissioner has proposed the county help non-violent criminal defendants post their bail, in order to ease overcrowding at the jail.

11/14/2013

Cook County Jail (Credit: CBS)

Teamsters Union Ad Criticizes Dart On Jail Staffing, Spending

The Teamsters union – representing law enforcement officers at the Cook County Sheriff’s office – has taken out a full-page newspaper ad criticizing the sheriff’s staffing and spending priorities.

11/11/2013

Chess grandmaster Timur Gareev plays 10 games of chess against 10 inmates while wearing a blindfold. (Credit: Mike Krauser)

Chess Grandmaster Takes On 10 Jail Inmates Blindfolded, And Wins

A chess grandmaster, ranked 3rd in the U.S., put his skill at playing blindfolded to the test Friday at the Cook County Jail, beating ten inmates in two hours, without ever seeing any of the chess boards.

11/01/2013

Cook County Jail (Credit: CBS)

Brawl Erupts On Cook County Jail Bus Transporting Inmates

A sheriff’s spokesman says an inmate was injured this afternoon when a brawl broke out on a Cook County jail bus with 52 inmates on board.

10/23/2013

Cook County Jail (Credit: CBS)

Group Wants Referendum Asking State For More Money To Treat Mentally Ill

A group of politicians, ministers and mental health experts stood on the Cook County Jail grounds this morning and proposed a referendum for the November 2014 ballot.

10/14/2013

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart

Dart Pushes To Replace Prisoner’s Paperwork With Computer System

Three times in the last year, inmates have been mistakenly released from Cook County Jail.

10/09/2013

An inmate who receives treatment for mental health at Cook County Jail. (CBS)

Inside Look: Cook County Jail’s Mental Health Dorm

For many, the only psychiatric care they ever get is when they are incarcerated. CBS 2′s Mike Puccinelli reports.

10/04/2013

Roosevelt Gray (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)

County Jail Inmate Collapses, Dies While Being Released

A Cook County Jail inmate collapsed and died Thursday morning while he was being released from the jail after serving a two-day sentence, authorities said.

09/27/2013

Jeremiah Harris. (Credit: Department of Corrections.)

Inmate Arrested After Being Mistakenly Released From Cook County Jail

A 25-year-old inmate has been arrested peacefully after a day of unearned freedom.

09/18/2013

Cook County Jail (Credit: CBS)

Jail Officer Suspended After Penning ‘Graphic’ Letters To Inmate

The Cook County Sheriff’s office has suspended a high-ranking jail officer who kept up a secret relationship with a female inmate awaiting trial for the alleged murder of her 6-year-old daughter

09/10/2013

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