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Steven Derkits (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)

Man Mistakenly Released From Jail Attacks Girlfriend

Steven Derkits, 30, was arrested last month for domestic battery, aggravated battery to a police officer, violating an order of protection, and resisting arrest.

08/21/2013

NATO Protester Gets 364 Days In Cook County Jail

An anti-NATO protester was sentenced to roughly a year in Cook County Jail Thursday after he admitted he scuffled with the Chicago Police officers who tried to arrest him during the mass demonstrations.

08/15/2013

Cook County Jail (Credit: CBS)

Guard Accused Of Trying To Smuggle Bullet, Pills Into Cook County Jail

A Cook County Sheriff’s correctional officer was ordered held in lieu of $30,000 bond Tuesday for allegedly trying to bring a 9mm bullet and dozens of pills into Cook County Jail over the weekend.

08/13/2013

A 23-year-old man was shot and killed in an apparent case of road rage, then crashed into this gas pump in Hammond, Ind., on Aug. 8, 2013. (Credit: CBS)

Jail Guard Charged In Fatal Road Rage Shooting In Hammond

On Thursday, 23-year-old Montrell Moss was shot and killed, after throwing a cup of water at a van that had twice cut him off along Indianapolis Boulevard in Hammond, Ind.

08/11/2013

Cook County Jail (Credit: CBS)

Dart: Summer Jail Crowding Not As Bad As Feared

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart predicted several months ago that summer would bring a dramatic increase in the population of the jail, and that’s come true, but he said they’re managing so far.

WBBM Newsradio–07/24/2013

Nikki Bostic-Jones

Cook County Jail Guard Remembered A Year After Fatal Hit-And-Run

A memorial service was held Thursday morning for a Cook County Sheriff’s deputy killed by a hit-and-run driver as she was crossing the street to go to work exactly one year ago.

WBBM Newsradio–07/18/2013

A cotton swab used for DNA testing is placed in a protective wrapper before being sent to a lab for testing. (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)

Cook County To Begin Collecting DNA Samples After Supreme Court Ruling

Some Cook County Jail inmates and others arrested in the county will soon have to give DNA samples, now that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that taking such samples after an arrest does not amount to an “unreasonable search.”

06/04/2013

Sheriff Dart On Chess

Russian Prisoners Take On Cook County Inmates In Chess Match

This was not Boris Spassky vs. Bobby Fischer. First, it was a match between prison inmates, not world class chess masters. Second, the Russians won this time.

05/15/2013

Cook County Jail (Credit: CBS)

Want To Know What Cook County Jail Is Like? Check Yelp

People turn to the website Yelp for reviews of restaurants, bars, hotels, and other businesses; it turns out you also can check out reviews of jails and prisons.

WBBM Newsradio–05/08/2013

Cook County Jail (Credit: CBS)

Nearly Full Now, Cook County Jail Could Be Packed This Summer

Cook County Jail is now eight inmates away from full capacity and, we haven’t even hit the summer crime wave.

03/19/2013

Cook County Jail (Credit: CBS)

Correctional Officers Charged With Organizing Attack On Inmate

Two Cook County Jail guards were charged Thursday with arranging the beating of an 18-year-old inmate after he short-circuited power in the jail.

02/22/2013

Cook County Jail

Sheriff’s Office Releases Shocking Video Of Mentally Ill Inmates

Sheriff Tom Dart says he wants you to be shocked by it because he says it proves there are people behind bars who should not be there.

02/13/2013

Thurman, 28, of Melrose Park was charged after an investigation into allegations that Thurman was seeking to have the victim and her family in his pending predatory criminal sexual assault charges killed. (Credit: Cook County Sheriff's Office)

Jail Inmate Charged With Murder For Hire

A Melrose Park man being held at the Cook County Jail on charges that he raped an 11-year-old girl is now charged with seeking to hire a hit man to kill the girl, her sister and her mother.

02/09/2013

Cook County Jail

Part Of Jail Under Quarantine After Stomach Flu Outbreak

Part of the Cook County Jail has been placed under quarantine after an outbreak of stomach flu.

02/06/2013

Convicted killer Steven Robbins is taken back into custody on Feb. 1, 2013, two days after Cook County authorities mistakenly set him free. He had been brought to Cook County from Indiana, where he was serving a 60-year sentence for murder, and was not supposed to go free until 2029 at the earliest. (Credit: Cook County Sheriff's Office)

Mistakenly Released Killer Back In Custody

Authorities have captured a convicted murderer from Indiana who was mistakenly released from the Cook County Jail earlier this week.

CBS Chicago–02/02/2013

Cardinal Francis George (Credit: CBS)

Health Forces Cardinal To Forego Holiday Tradition

Francis Cardinal George is not making his usual visits to see inmates at the Cook County Jail and hospitalized children during this holiday season.

12/25/2012

Paula Nixon, from Glenview, talks with CBS 2's Dana Kozlov about her descent into heroin addiction. (CBS)

Teen From North Suburbs Recounts Her Descent Into Heroin Addiction

Glenview native Paula Nixon was going to college, but now her future hinges on one thing: staying clean.CBS 2′s Dana Kozlov reports.

12/17/2012

Four of ten guitars donated to the Cook County Jail for the "Jail Guitar Doors" program, offering weekly guitar lessons to inmates. (Credit: CBS)

Dart Introduces Guitar Lessons For Jail Inmates

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart used the friendliest possible tone on Thursday to deliver the harshest possible message to inmates as he welcomed another training program to Cook County jail, this one providing guitar lessons.

WBBM Newsradio–10/11/2012

Some Cook County Jail inmates are using barber-school diplomas to get a second change. (CBS)

Barber School Gives Jail Inmates Second Chance

Some inmates who are locked up at Cook County Jail are developing new careers with combs and scissors. CBS 2′s Suzanne Le Mignot reports.

10/05/2012

Jail Fight

4 Inmates Injured In Cook County Jail Fight

A fight at the Cook County Jail has landed four inmates in the hospital.

CBS Chicago–09/28/2012

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