Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart is attempting to tackle a major problem, using jail inmates as laborers.
A Cook County commissioner has proposed the county help non-violent criminal defendants post their bail, in order to ease overcrowding at the jail.
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.
For many, the only psychiatric care they ever get is when they are incarcerated. CBS 2′s Mike Puccinelli reports.
Home visits for inmates? That’s right, in Lake County, IL. Home visits, with a caveat, via the Internet.
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.”
An Illinois House committee has held a hearing aimed on a proposal to providing more oversight for the private company that maintains health care in the Illinois prison system.
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.
Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn shut down the former program after The Associated Press reported that 1,745 inmates — some convicted of violent crimes — had been released within weeks or even days of their arrival at the penitentiary.
Two convicted bank robbers remained at large on Wednesday, the day after a brazen escape from the federal jail in the Loop.
Aquarius! Crawl out the metaphorical slit your jailers call a window, down that imaginary rope made of your hopes, dreams and bed sheets, and live your life!
Two inmates escaped Tuesday morning from the federal jail in the Loop, using bedsheets tied together to rappel 15 floors to the ground.
A fight at the Cook County Jail has landed four inmates in the hospital.
Five former Cook County Jail inmates are suing the Sheriff’s office.Five former Cook County Jail inmates are suing the Sheriff’s office.
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.
Inmates at the Lake County Jail were having coffee Thursday morning when officers with dogs stormed in.
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart still has his eyes on Joliet as a possible place to house any arrestee overflow there might be later this month during the NATO summit.
Authorities hope to teach Cook County Jail inmates some lessons about patience, responsibility and learning from mistakes – by having them play chess.
Inmates in the Illinois Department of Corrections system are contributing more to help pay down the state’s backlog of bills.