Lawmakers Want State To Stop Suing Former Inmates For ReimbursementTwo state lawmakers have introduced legislation to halt the practice of going after former prison inmates for the cost of their incarceration.
Sheriff Wants Low-Level Inmates Released From Jail FasterOne woman at Cook County Jail has been incarcerated since last summer, awaiting trial for stealing about $4 worth of plums and candy. She was pregnant at the time, and Sheriff Tom Dart said her incarceration has cost the county $20,000.
Cook County Jail Officer Charged With Selling Alcohol To InmatesA Cook County Jail guard is free on bond after being charged with trying to sneak alcohol to inmates.
Alvarez Questions Wisdom Of Suggested Alternatives To Jail For Some InmatesCounty 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.
Sheriff Using Inmates To Tear Down Abandoned BuildingsCook County Sheriff Tom Dart is attempting to tackle a major problem, using jail inmates as laborers.
Commissioner Seeks To Help Low-Level Jail Inmates Post BondA Cook County commissioner has proposed the county help non-violent criminal defendants post their bail, in order to ease overcrowding at the jail.
Chess Grandmaster Takes On 10 Jail Inmates Blindfolded, And WinsA 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.
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.
Inside Look: Cook County Jail's Mental Health DormFor many, the only psychiatric care they ever get is when they are incarcerated. CBS 2's Mike Puccinelli reports.
Lake County Jail Inmates Now Have Unlimited Virtual Home VisitsHome visits for inmates? That’s right, in Lake County, IL. Home visits, with a caveat, via the Internet.
Cook County To Begin Collecting DNA Samples After Supreme Court RulingSome 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."
Lawmaker Pushing For More Oversight Of Health Care For Prison InmatesAn 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.