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Jail Inmates: We Were Held An Extra Day Because Of Computer Problem

Five former Cook County Jail inmates are suing the Sheriff’s office.Five former Cook County Jail inmates are suing the Sheriff’s office.

CBS Chicago–09/15/2012

Nikki Bostic-Jones

Safer Crosswalks Coming To Site Where Correctional Officer Was Killed

Preliminary work begins Tuesday on safety improvements at the pedestrian crossing where a Cook County Corrections officer was killed in a hit-and-run accident this summer.

CBS Chicago–09/11/2012

A man holds on to a prison bar inside of a jail cell. (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)

Habitual Criminal With Jail For An Address Dies In Custody On Her Birthday

Wathena Young, 48, who had an extensive criminal history, died on her birthday Sunday while in the custody of the Cook County Sheriff’s Department after being arrested for shoplifting.



New Chicago Anti-Gang Strategy: No More No-Cash Bonds For Misdemeanors

Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy has found a new way to keep gang members off their street corners.


Cook County Jail (Credit: CBS)

Cook County Jail Guard Charged With Punching Inmate, Knocking Him Down

A Cook County Jail officer faces prison time for allegedly hitting an inmate and knocking him down.

CBS Chicago–08/03/2012

Nikki Bostic-Jones

Suspect In Custody For County Officer’s Hit-And-Run Death

Chicago police confirm they are talking with a “person of interest” in the hit-and-run that killed a Cook County correctional officer Wednesday night.

CBS Chicago–07/19/2012

Cook County Jail (Credit: CBS)

More Than 400 Jail Inmates Relocated When Air Conditioning Fails

More than 400 Cook County Jail inmates had to be shifted to different facilities Friday night when air conditioning units in the building they were housed in overheated.


Danny Johnson

Charges Dropped Against L.A. Protester Who Says He Continued Activism In Jail

Charges have been dropped against a Los Angeles man who had been accused of attacking a Chicago Police officer during a protest in the days leading up to the NATO Summit.

CBS Chicago–05/29/2012

Chicago Fire Department

Cook County Jail Inmate Rescued From Hole

A Cook County Jail inmate was rescued from a hole in the ground after jumping in Saturday afternoon.


Photo Of Man Behind Jail Bars (Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)

Suit: Inmate Died Because Of Inadequate Medical Care

A wrongful death lawsuit was filed Wednesday claiming that a Cook County Jail inmate died because he did not receive medical attention last year.


Cook County Jail (Credit: CBS)

Preckwinkle Wants To Reduce $15 Charge For Calls From Jail

Inmates at Cook County Jail are being charged up to $15 per call for local phone calls, and the company that operates the jail’s phones and the county are both raking in huge profits because of it.

CBS Chicago–04/04/2012

Sheriff Dart On Chess

Dart: Teach Inmates Chess And They’ll Learn Valuable Skills

Authorities hope to teach Cook County Jail inmates some lessons about patience, responsibility and learning from mistakes – by having them play chess.

CBS Chicago–04/02/2012

Tom Dart

Sheriff Dart: Cook County Jail Forced To Serve As Mental Institution

It seems that the Cook County Jail is unintentionally taking on a new role as a mental health facility.

CBS Chicago–02/21/2012

Cook County Jail

County Board To Discuss Policy On Illegal Immigrants In Jail

Expect heated debate on immigration issues at a Cook County Board hearing Thursday morning.

CBS Chicago–02/09/2012

Barbershop college instructor Larry Roberts helps Cook County inmates learn a trade. (CBS)

Someone You Should Know: Barber Instructor To Inmates

Although Larry Roberts doesn’t profit from the jail house barber college, he’s happy that those who become his students do. CBS 2′s Harry Porterfield reports.


Jamall Allen, 20, escaped from Cook County Jail on Jan. 22, 2012. He was captured about six hours later. (Credit: Cook County Sheriff's Office)

Inmate Escapes County Jail, Captured 6 Hours Later

An escape at the Cook County Jail on Sunday put the entire building on lockdown and left officers wondering one question: why?

CBS Chicago–01/22/2012

Maribel Torres

Committee To Decide Where To Assign Transgender Inmate

A special committee meets Thursday to decide where to put a transgender inmate.

CBS Chicago–01/19/2012

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle

Preckwinkle Slams Critics Of County Policy On Detaining Immigrants

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle lashed out Thursday at critics of a county ordinance that some have blamed for allowing an illegal immigrant to flee the country after he was released on bond in a fatal drunk driving case.

CBS Chicago–01/12/2012

Cook County Jail

Attorney Spends A Day In Jail For Contempt

A Des Plaines attorney got a different view of the justice system as he spent the night in the Cook County Jail last week.

CBS Chicago–11/21/2011

Michael Saunders (left) and Harold Richardson were released from behind bars in November 2011, after serving 17 years for a rape and murder they did not commit. Two other men who were also cleared in the so-called "Englewood Four" case had already completed their sentences when DNA evidence tied another man to the crime. (Credit: CBS)

DNA Triggers Release Of 2 Inmates In 1994 Murder

Michael Saunders and Harold Richardson left Cook County jail after being released on bond by a judge. The men had been convicted for the 1994 murder of 30-year-old Nina Glover on Chicago’s South Side.