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Cook County Jail (Credit: CBS)

Alvarez Questions Wisdom Of Suggested Alternatives To Jail For Some Inmates

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.

04/09/2014

Prison fence

Sheriff Using Inmates To Tear Down Abandoned Buildings

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart is attempting to tackle a major problem, using jail inmates as laborers.

12/20/2013

Cook County Jail (Credit: CBS)

Commissioner Seeks To Help Low-Level Jail Inmates Post Bond

A Cook County commissioner has proposed the county help non-violent criminal defendants post their bail, in order to ease overcrowding at the jail.

11/14/2013

Chess grandmaster Timur Gareev plays 10 games of chess against 10 inmates while wearing a blindfold. (Credit: Mike Krauser)

Chess Grandmaster Takes On 10 Jail Inmates Blindfolded, And Wins

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.

11/01/2013

Cook County Jail (Credit: CBS)

Brawl Erupts On Cook County Jail Bus Transporting Inmates

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.

10/23/2013

An inmate who receives treatment for mental health at Cook County Jail. (CBS)

Inside Look: Cook County Jail’s Mental Health Dorm

For many, the only psychiatric care they ever get is when they are incarcerated. CBS 2′s Mike Puccinelli reports.

10/04/2013

Cook County Jail

Lake County Jail Inmates Now Have Unlimited Virtual Home Visits

Home visits for inmates? That’s right, in Lake County, IL. Home visits, with a caveat, via the Internet.

07/22/2013

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

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Lawmaker Pushing For More Oversight Of Health Care For Prison Inmates

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.

WBBM Newsradio–04/04/2013

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

Prison fence

State Prison System Takes Another Crack At Early-Release Program

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.

01/10/2013

Jose Banks and Kenneth Conley (Credit: FBI)

FBI: Surveillance Video Shows Jail Escapees Getting Into Cab

Two convicted bank robbers remained at large on Wednesday, the day after a brazen escape from the federal jail in the Loop.

12/19/2012

Tim Robbins takes in the sweet, sweet moisture droplets of freedom in 'Shawshank Redemption' (Credit: Columbia Pictures)

Horrible Horoscopes: Aquarius

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!

12/18/2012

Some sort of harness dangles on the end of a makeshift rope outside the MCC. (CBS)

Two Inmates Rappel 15 Stories To Escape From Federal Jail In Loop

Two inmates escaped Tuesday morning from the federal jail in the Loop, using bedsheets tied together to rappel 15 floors to the ground.

CBS Chicago–12/18/2012

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

Cook County Jail

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

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.

07/08/2012

Lake County Sheriff's Deputy Robert Bell and canine officer "Conan" search inmate beds during a shakedown at the Lake County Jail on May 24, 2012. (Credit: Lake County Sheriff)

Surprise Shakedown At Lake County Jail Finds No Contraband

Inmates at the Lake County Jail were having coffee Thursday morning when officers with dogs stormed in.

CBS Chicago–05/24/2012

The Joliet Correctional Center was shut down in 2002, after more than 140 years of use as a state prison. (Credit: CBS)

State: Joliet Prison Not An Option For Holding NATO Arrestees

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.

CBS Chicago–05/03/2012

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

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