Cook County Jail

Mon, 02/20/2012
The sounds of chaos bounce off the dim yellow walls. Everywhere there are prisoners wearing orange, red and khaki jumpsuits. An officer barks out orders as a thin woman tries to sleep on a hard bench in a holding cell. This is a harsh scene of daily life inside what has become the state’s largest de facto mental institution: the Cook County Jail....
Fri, 11/11/2011
Nearly two years after the Cook County Board of Commissioners voted to make more money available for H.I.V. and AIDS testing for detainees entering the Cook County Jail, most of the men coming into jail are not being tested because of a lengthy delay in hiring a phlebotomist to do the job. Some 150 to 250 detainees enter the jail each day, on...