Women Jail Guards Say Sheriff’s Department Tolerated Sexual Harassment By Cook County Inmates

Razor wire rings the Cook County Jail on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2006, in Chicago.
Razor wire rings the Cook County Jail on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2006, in Chicago. AP Photo/Jeff Roberson
Razor wire rings the Cook County Jail on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2006, in Chicago.
Razor wire rings the Cook County Jail on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2006, in Chicago. AP Photo/Jeff Roberson

Women Jail Guards Say Sheriff’s Department Tolerated Sexual Harassment By Cook County Inmates

Attorneys for women correctional officers in Cook County are seeking class-action status in a lawsuit over aggressive sexual harassment by male detainees at the county jail.

The proposed class-action suit claims the sheriff’s department violated the civil rights of at least 2,000 women employees by tolerating a culture of abuse. In multiple lawsuits, women reported being groped, threatened and sexually harassed by inmates.

WBEZ’s Patrick Smith joins the Morning Shift with the latest.

GUEST: Patrick Smith, WBEZ criminal justice reporter