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Jails struggle to deal with flood of mentally ill

Jails struggle to deal with flood of mentally ill

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, top, talks with William, an inmate in the Cook County Jail's Division 2 Dorm 2 in Chicago. Dart, a former prosecutor and state legislator, said when he took over running the Cook County jail in 2006 he knew little about mental illness in the cell blocks and was …

July 27, 2014 12:00 am
Jails struggle to deal with flood of mentally ill

Jails struggle to deal with flood of mentally ill

A U.S. veteran with post-traumatic stress sits in a segregated holding pen at the Cook County Jail after he was arrested on a narcotics charge in Chicago. The Chicago complex, with more than 10,600 inmates, is one of the country's largest single-site jails. From big cities to rural counties,…

July 27, 2014 12:00 am
Jails struggle to deal with flood of mentally ill

Jails struggle to deal with flood of mentally ill

CHICAGO | Peering through the chain link of a holding pen at the Cook County Jail, a man wrapped in a navy varsity jacket leans toward clinical social worker Elli Petacque Montgomery, his bulging eyes a clue that something's not right.

July 27, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Suit: 'Sadistic violence' at Cook County Jail

CHICAGO | Guards at one of the nation's largest jails systematically engage in "sadistic violence and brutality" against inmates, according to a federal class-action lawsuit filed on Thursday.

February 27, 2014 1:42 pm

Cook Co. jail offers released inmates extended stay

CHICAGO | People who were supposed to be released from the Cook County Jail on Monday may have wound up spending an extra day or so in custody due to the severe weather conditions.

January 06, 2014 6:00 pm

Dolton man charged in sexual assault gets $150K bond

CHICAGO | A real estate attorney is free while his nephew is being held at the Cook County Jail in lieu of $150,000 bond on criminal charges they sexually assaulted an 18-year-old who was unconscious.

December 09, 2013 11:00 am

County commissioner seeks creative ways to stem jail overcrowding

CHICAGO | The Cook County Board will debate the creation of a special fund that would give small loans so people can post bond and avoid sitting in the county jail while their criminal cases are pending.

November 13, 2013 2:26 pm

Hip-hop version of 'Othello' resonates behind bars

CHICAGO | Act I, Scene 1: Four actors in well-worn coveralls and baseball caps take the stage at the county jail. They're here to tell a tale of love, friendship, jealousy and betrayal. It's the stuff of Shakespearean tragedy. The names and themes haven't changed over the centuries, but the …

August 31, 2013 8:40 pm

Burnham man faces confinement, battery charges in Dyer case

DYER | A Burnham man was arrested after a woman said he forced her at gunpoint to get into a car with him.

August 28, 2013 8:15 pm

Cook County Jail detainee dies of natural causes

CHICAGO | A Cook County Jail detainee awaiting sentencing for a 2007 murder has died, Sheriff Thomas J. Dart said.

August 17, 2013 5:25 pm
Three in jail on charges of armed robbery of Lansing Sprint store

Three in jail on charges of armed robbery of Lansing Sprint store

LANSING | Three Chicago men are in Cook County Jail facing charges of armed robbery and forcible detention following an armed robbery last week of the Sprint store at 176th Street and Torrence Avenue, police said.

June 26, 2013 6:30 pm Photos

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Authorities: Lynwood man in jail found hanged in cell

CHICAGO | A Lynwood man in Cook County Jail who was set to appear in court Tuesday on charges he killed his 8-month-old son was found hanged in his jail cell Sunday night, authorities said.

June 19, 2013 1:45 pm

Officials seek to slow growth in county jail inmate population

CHICAGO | Cook County commissioners are suggesting all prostitution arrests in the county be treated as misdemeanors as part of an effort to slow the growth of the jail population.

March 21, 2013 10:30 pm

Chicago jail officers accused in beating of inmate

CHICAGO | Two officers at the Cook County Jail are accused of having two jailed men beat another inmate.

February 23, 2013 5:15 pm
Valpo entrepreneur in Cook County custody on fugitive warrant

Valpo entrepreneur in Cook County custody on fugitive warrant

VALPARAISO | Web marketing entrepreneur Johnny Mathis is in the Cook County Jail awaiting extradition to LaPorte County, authorities confirmed Thursday.

February 14, 2013 8:15 pm

County Board OKs fine for failing to report stolen firearm

CHICAGO | Cook County commissioners on Tuesday gave their support to a measure creating penalties for people who fail to report their firearm as stolen.

February 05, 2013 4:03 pm

Cook County to review contract for collect calls from jail

CHICAGO | With bills in some cases going as high as $10 per minute, Cook County government officials want to review the contract they have with a Dallas-based company that allows Cook County Jail inmates to make collect telephone calls.

May 19, 2012 7:45 pm
Grand jury adds kidnapping charges in teen's death

Grand jury adds kidnapping charges in teen's death

MARKHAM | A Cook County grand jury has indicted the man and woman charged in the strangulation of a pregnant teenager, adding kidnapping to the host of charges against the two.

May 25, 2011 11:15 pm Photos

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No bond for man, $3 million for girlfriend in Alsip woman's death

No bond for man, $3 million for girlfriend in Alsip woman's death

MARKHAM | A Cook County judge denied bond Friday for one of two people charged with the strangulation of a pregnant 18-year-old Alsip woman.

April 29, 2011 10:00 pm Photos

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Preliminary hearings set in Lansing sex assault

MARKHAM | Preliminary hearings are set next week for two south suburban men who face criminal charges for the alleged sexual assault of an 11-year-old girl during a sleepover birthday party in Lansing.

March 24, 2011 12:00 am
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