Cook County Jail: The Numbers

July 21, 2008

In my story about a program used to ease overcrowding at the Cook County Jail, I mentioned briefly that the John Howard Association, a jail watchdog group, has some new numbers out. The JHA is due to turn in its report to federal Judge Virginia Kendall soon, but Chicago Public Radio got some of the stats a little early. You can see how the 2008 jail population is shaping up compared to the past couple years, plus how the average daily population has doubled in the past two decades.