Brian Otero spent nearly two years in Cook County Jail waiting for his burglary trial. The jury found him not guilty, but he didn’t get to leave the courtroom like they do on TV. He was brought back into the Cook County Jail to be processed.
Illinois taxpayers sink $1.3 billion into prisons every single year, but in a interview on WBEZ’s Afternoon Shift last week, Gov. Pat Quinn said he did not have a five-year plan of any sort for the prison system.