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Informing ex-felons of the right to vote
Oct. 27, 2014
Unlike other states, ex-felons in Illinois can vote. Despite the law, some are told they cannot vote. Others say the process doesn’t care about them.
Inmate beaten in Cook County jail hours after judge ordered him free
Sep. 12, 2014
Under the authority of Sheriff Tom Dart, Cook County makes inmates who’ve already been freed by a judge, go back to jail to be processed out.
Cook County Sheriff's race highlights job duty questions
Feb. 26, 2014
The March 18 primary for Cook County sheriff has not been getting much attention. But the race underscores how much the job has changed since Tom Dart took office in 2006.
No more boot camp at Cook County Jail?
Jan. 24, 2014
Some Illinois legislators are looking to eliminate Cook County Jail’s boot camp even though program has proven effective.
Preckwinkle goes after Cook County Jail's phone company
Oct. 2, 2013
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is going after Securus Technologies to get money owed to the county from phones at the jail.
Illinois inmates to Russia: Checkmate, comrade
May. 15, 2013
Inside the Cook County Jail law library, ten men were hunched over laptops playing online chess. A live video of their competitors, inmates in Russian prisons, was projected on the front wall.
In Cook County courts: Not guilty? Go to jail anyway
May. 6, 2013
Defendants acquitted of crimes in Cook County don't walk out of the courtroom. They have to go back into the jail. The practice goes back decades.
Preckwinkle, Dart sound alarm on jail capacity
Mar. 20, 2013
As the population at Cook County Jail approaches capacity, both say judges should make more use of electronic monitoring.
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