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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

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

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

Cook County Jail (Credit: CBS)

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

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