"Rocket Docket" Law Aiming To Keep Low-Level Defendants From Languishing In JailThe new law creates a special court, dubbed the “rocket docket,” for non-violent inmates charged with minor retail theft, or trespassing; many of whom now have to wait behind bars for months, because they cannot afford even a low bail.
Good Samaritans Save Suicidal Man Sitting In Middle Of Busy StreetA couple on their way to work Friday stopped to help a man sitting in the middle of busy Cicero Avenue, but little did they know, they had already him.
Correctional Officer Accused Of Watching Porn With Jail InmatesOscar Taylor, 53, was a correctional officer assigned to monitor detainees receiving haircuts at the Division 6 barbershop, according to a statement from the Cook County Sheriff’s Office.
Archbishop Cupich Tours Cook County JailSheriff Tom Dart led Archbishop Blase Cupich on a tour of Cook County Jail on Tuesday, and highlighted the “disproportionate amount of Cook County’s poor, sick, vulnerable and disenfranchised individuals” who are being held there.
Cook County Jail Nurse Files Lawsuit Claiming She Was Fired For Blowing Whistle On Staff Stealing MedicationsA Cook County Jail nurse says drugs intended for inmates are being stolen by staff, but when she told her bosses, she was terminated.
Jailed Suspect Attacked Cook County Correctional Officer: SheriffSamuel Salas, 25, allegedly punched a correctional officer several times in the head on the way to court on the morning of June 4.
Cook County Jail Running Transition Center For Mentally Ill InmatesThe county's jailers are trying a new approach, says Sheriff Tom Dart. CBS 2's Mike Puccinelli reports.
Sheriff Appoints Psychologist To Run Cook County JailHaving repeatedly called Cook County Jail the nation’s largest mental institution, Sheriff Tom Dart has tapped a clinical psychologist to run the facility.
Dart Expanding Program To Tear Down Abandoned Buildings With Inmate LaborMore 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.
Vigil For Incarcerated Moms Held Outside Cook County JailAbout 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.
Cook County Officials Agree Too Many Minor Criminals End Up In JailFour 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.
Cook County Jail Guard Paid $30,000 For One Day's WorkThe officer worked 6.75 hours of overtime on June 15, 2014, but 675 hours were mistakenly entered into the sheriff’s payroll system.