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

Prison fence

Medical Co-Pays More Than Double For Illinois Prison Inmates

Inmates in the Illinois Department of Corrections system are contributing more to help pay down the state’s backlog of bills.

WBBM Newsradio–01/03/2012

Jail Brakers

Group Looks Out For Families Of Those In Prison

A fundraiser will be held in Woodstock Saturday for a unique organization that helps families with relatives in prison.

CBS Chicago–11/18/2011

Cook County Jail

Fewer Inmates, But Longer Stays In Cook County Jail

The number of suspects booked into the Cook County Jail has fallen in the last five years, but detainees on average are staying a week longer behind bars because of court delays, local law enforcement officials said Tuesday.


Inmates Clean Animal Shelter

Cook County Jail Inmates Put To Work Cleaning Animal Cages

Inmates at the Cook County Jail are taking on some new responsibilities, in the form of cleaning cages at an animal shelter.

CBS Chicago–08/01/2011

Devonta Guyton, left; Anthony Ward (Chicago Police Dept.)

2 Jail Inmates Charged In 2008 Slaying

Anthony Ward and Devonta Guyton are accused of the 2008 killing of a 28-year-old victim in the West Side Lawndale neighborhood.


Cook County Jail

Cook County Has New Policy For Transgender Inmates

Transgender inmates at Cook County Jail can now be housed, dressed and searched according to their gender identity rather than their sex at birth, under a new policy.


Cook County Jail

No Christmas Celebrations For Jail Inmates

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart says he will provide spiritual guidance, but not holiday celebration, for 10,000 inmates in the jail under his control.

WBBM Newsradio–12/24/2010


UIC Gets $7M Grant To Test And Treat Inmates For HIV

The University of Illinois at Chicago has received a $7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study effective ways to seek, test, and treat inmates with HIV.