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.
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.
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.
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.
The officer worked 6.75 hours of overtime on June 15, 2014, but 675 hours were mistakenly entered into the sheriff’s payroll system.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Four divisions of the Cook County Jail have been placed on quarantine after 36 detainees came down with a stomach virus.
A Cook County jail inmate who died Thursday morning may have committed suicide, officials said.
Even the inmates at Cook County Jail are getting a snow day.
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.
CBS 2’s Brad Edwards goes inside the Cook County Jail to meet a man whose mom made headlines.
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.
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.
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.