Cook County Sheriff's Office Sorts Through New Gacy LeadsSince last week, the sheriff's office’s communication director, Ben Breit, says there have been developments.
"Rocket Docket" Law Aiming To Keep Low-Level Defendants From Languishing In JailThe new law creates a special court, dubbed the “rocket docket,” for non-violent inmates charged with minor retail theft, or trespassing; many of whom now have to wait behind bars for months, because they cannot afford even a low bail.
County Commissioner Wants "Gun Violence Czar" To Coordinate Crime Reduction EffortsA Cook County Commissioner has proposed the county appoint a “gun violence czar” as a new tool to stem the tide of violent crime in the Chicago area, by coordinating efforts between the Chicago Police Department, Cook County Sheriff’s Department, and other law enforcement agencies; and knocking down political barriers.
Archbishop Cupich Tours Cook County JailSheriff Tom Dart led Archbishop Blase Cupich on a tour of Cook County Jail on Tuesday, and highlighted the “disproportionate amount of Cook County’s poor, sick, vulnerable and disenfranchised individuals” who are being held there.
Police In Illinois, Indiana Join Forces To Battle Illegal Sex TradeLake County Sheriff John Buncich said there are numerous examples of young women being taken across state lines for prostitution.
Durbin Urges More Police Departments To Use Federal Gun Tracing ToolU.S. Sen. Dick Durbin has renewed his push for local police departments to take advantage of what he believes is a critical law enforcement tool: electronic tracing of guns.
Cook County Jail Running Transition Center For Mentally Ill InmatesThe county's jailers are trying a new approach, says Sheriff Tom Dart. CBS 2's Mike Puccinelli reports.
Sheriff's Office Lends Hand At Neglected Part Of Jewish CemeteryBut will someone step in to permanently solve maintenance issues at Jewish Graceland Cemetery? WBBM's Steve Miller reports.
Sheriff Appoints Psychologist To Run Cook County JailHaving repeatedly called Cook County Jail the nation’s largest mental institution, Sheriff Tom Dart has tapped a clinical psychologist to run the facility.
Dart Expanding Program To Tear Down Abandoned Buildings With Inmate LaborMore than a year into a program to train jail inmates a useful skill while providing a service to the community, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said the effort is “an outrageous success,” and is expanding.
Legislation Would Change Statute Of Limitations In Rape CasesA bill once again before lawmakers would start the clock ticking once a rape kit is processed. CBS 2's Dana Kozlov reports.
Cook County Officials Agree Too Many Minor Criminals End Up In JailFour top Cook County officials offered a wide spectrum of opinions Thursday as they talked about resolving problems in the criminal justice system, though all agreed too many people charged with minor crimes end up locked up in jail.