Cook County Jail

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

Cook County Jail (Credit: CBS)

Inmate Dies At Cook County Jail

A Cook County jail inmate who died Thursday morning may have committed suicide, officials said.

02/06/2015

Cook County Jail

Jail Put On Lock Down Because Workers Stuck By Snow

Even the inmates at Cook County Jail are getting a snow day.

02/02/2015

Cook County Jail (Credit: CBS)

Jail Inmate Dies Four Days After Possible Suicide Attempt

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.

01/30/2015

CBS 2's Brad Edwards talks with Jimmy Bennett. (CBS)

Update On Family In Shack: Mom Prepares For Cancer Fight, Jailed Son Has Court Date

CBS 2’s Brad Edwards goes inside the Cook County Jail to meet a man whose mom made headlines.

12/29/2014

Rohit Bhansali (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)

Man Freed After 6 Months In Jail For Failing To Pay Child Support

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.

12/11/2014

Jimmie Smith (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)

Sheriff: Cook County Jail Inmate Attacked Public Defender During Visit

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.

12/11/2014

Jimmie Smith. (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)

Public Defender Attacked While Visiting Client At Cook County Jail

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.

12/10/2014

Cook County Jail (Credit: CBS)

Cook County Jail Guard Charged With Scheming To Smuggle Pot Into Jail Through Sandwiches

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.

10/21/2014

Murder victim Nailah Franklin (supplied photo)

Seven Years After Murder, Victim’s Family Still Waiting For Justice

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.

10/17/2014

George Krueger (Cook County Sheriff)

Jail Inmate Solicited Murder From Behind Bars: Sheriff

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.

10/03/2014

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

Cook County Jail

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

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