Cook County has agreed to pay more than $1 million to settle a federal lawsuit filed by female jail inmates who claimed their rights were violated when the institution was repeatedly locked down.The four inmates alleged the extended weekend lockdowns in 2003 and earlier occurred while guards conduct
A proposal for the Cook County Jail to free some inmates wanted by immigration authorities could be up for a vote at the county board meeting Wednesday morning. But it’s hitting turbulence.Board Commissioner Timothy Schneider, R-Streamwood, plans to speak against the measure at the meeting.
Cook County jail inmates are cleaning cages at an animal shelter on Chicago's West Side - the first time officials have allowed inmates to leave the jail to do such chores. Sixteen minimum-security inmates serving short jail sentences for non-violent charges will clean cages at t
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is asking Chicago's police superintendent to stop making arrests for low-level marijuana possession. Preckwinkle says judges generally dismiss those charges involving very modest amounts of illicit drugs.