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.
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.
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart has called the jail the largest mental health hospital in the country.
At Cook County Jail 4,000 one-time inmates now have health coverage. CBS 2’s Brad Edwards reports why in this original report.
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.
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart has taken his appeal for more help for mentally ill jail inmates to Capitol Hill.
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.
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.
Lester Hill, 27, is accused of having sex with a 23-year-old detainee of the jail on Jan. 13 and 15.
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.
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.
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart is attempting to tackle a major problem, using jail inmates as laborers.
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.
Part of the Cook County Jail has been without heat for days.
A Cook County commissioner has proposed the county help non-violent criminal defendants post their bail, in order to ease overcrowding at the jail.
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.
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.
A sheriff’s spokesman says an inmate was injured this afternoon when a brawl broke out on a Cook County jail bus with 52 inmates on board.
A group of politicians, ministers and mental health experts stood on the Cook County Jail grounds this morning and proposed a referendum for the November 2014 ballot.
Three times in the last year, inmates have been mistakenly released from Cook County Jail.