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Cook County Jail had record number of deaths last year

One detainee died within 24 hours of being admitted into the facility.

Manuel Martinez / WBEZ

   

A new Injustice Watch investigation reveals that 18 detainees died at Cook County Jail - the deadliest year in decades. While a spokesperson for Sheriff Tom Dart pointed to an influx of fentanyl-laced paper smuggled into the jail as the “primary driver” for the spike. Advocates say there’s a need for more oversight.

Reset sits down with the reporter who followed this for over a year.

GUEST: Carlos Ballesteros, reports on police, politics and immigrant communities at Injustice Watch

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