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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.
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.
Sheriff warns Indian immigrants of scam
May. 8, 2013
Indian immigrants in unincoporated Des Plaines have been victims of a recent phone scam, which has defrauded some of thousands of dollars.
Dart proposes concealed-carry ordinance
May. 6, 2013
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart is proposing a county concealed-carry ordinance if lawmakers in Springfield can't come up with a statewide law.
Dart: ‘We’re criminalizing mental health’
Sep. 5, 2012
But the sheriff isn’t backing calls for Chicago to reopen six clinics it closed this spring.
NATO terrorism defendants kept in ‘observation’ cells
May. 22, 2012
One of their lawyers says the jail conditions amount to ‘sensory deprivation’ intended to hamper the defense.
ICE detainers a public-safety issue?
May. 16, 2012
Many officials say so, but a WBEZ investigation finds no evidence that inmates freed from jail against the wishes of immigration authorities reoffend or jump bail more than other former inmates do.
Jail's phone contracts in spotlight
Apr. 2, 2012
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Sheriff Tom Dart say they're reviewing a controversial phone contract at the jail that charges inmates inflated phone rates.
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