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Cook County Jail Detainees, Officers Now Receiving Coronavirus Vaccinations

Thousands of correctional officers and hundreds of inmates have now been vaccinated. Advocates pushed for detained people to receive shots sooner because of the risks they face.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

West Side Legal Group Launching Campaign To Inform Prisoners About Vaccines

"We know the more information individuals have ahead of time ... the more apt they are to make an informed choice about their health care," said Tanya Woods, executive director of the Westside Justice Center.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Illinois Votes To Stop Jailing People Who Can’t Afford Bail: ‘This Is Not A Just Or Equitable System’

The state Legislature approved the Pretrial Fairness Act, which will end money bond statewide, and other sweeping criminal justice reforms Wednesday.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Cook County Set To Demolish 2 Buildings At Jail Campus In Little Village This Spring

Air quality monitoring data will be available to neighbors during the demolition work.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

People In Jails, Prisons Will Be Vaccinated In Next Phase, State Confirms After Advocates’ Push

Dozens of groups demanded the state act more quickly to protect prisoners and detainees, who now are in line to be vaccinated in the second round of immunizations. The policy change is "a major victory," an advocate said.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Officials ‘Did Nothing’ To Prevent Latest Coronavirus Outbreak In Jail, Guards And Advocates Say

Officers and supporters of inmates are furious with the way Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart has handled the pandemic in the jail.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

8th Detainee Dies From Coronavirus As Cook County Jail Population Swells Again

Cook County Jail was home to one of the largest coronavirus clusters in the nation this spring. Now, cases are growing again, from a few dozen at the beginning of the month to 190 as of Tuesday.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

People Detained At Cook County Jail To Keep Getting Protections Amid Pandemic, Appeals Court Rules

The ruling follows a previous court order that required the sheriff to improve conditions inside the jail.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Cook County Jail Officers Demand Hazard Pay For Working For Months In Coronavirus Hot Spot

More than 1,000 Cook County Sheriff's Office employees and jail detainees have tested positive for coronavirus. Though most have recovered, seven detainees and four sheriff's office employees died.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Cook County Board Resolves To Redirect Dollars Away From Jails And Policing, Calling It A ‘Failed System’

By approving the Justice for Black Lives resolution, Cook County will work to steer its multibillion-dollar policing budget toward health care, restorative justice and jobs instead in the coming years.

Downtown

Policing Isn’t The Only Problem — Defund The Cook County Jail, Too, Protesters Demand

Advocates want money from the jail to be reallocated towards housing, health care, jobs and mental health.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Arrested Protesters Risk Spreading Coronavirus Back To Communities, Research Shows

A study by a University of Chicago researcher found nearly 16 percent of all coronavirus cases in Chicago are related to people cycling in and out of jail.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Civil Rights Group Launches Court Watching Program To Monitor Unaffordable Bonds

Cook County Jail is a hot spot for coronavirus, and one group is trying to prevent defendants from being sent there because they can't afford bail.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Advocates Demand Proof Sheriff Is Implementing Sanitation, Social Distancing In Cook County Jail

Attorneys are asking a federal judge to order the Sheriff to prove the jail is complying with an earlier injunction that requires added sanitation, testing, and PPE for detainees.

Cook County Runs Out Of Electronic Monitoring Devices; Detainees Cleared For Release Now Stuck In Jail

Efforts to quickly release detainees from the coronavirus hot spot, where more than 500 detainees have been infected, have created the shortage.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

6th Detainee And A Correctional Officer Die Of Coronavirus At Cook County Jail, One Of Largest Outbreaks In The U.S.

In total, 692 people connected to the jail have tested positive for coronavirus.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Cook County Jail Detainee Attacks 3 Guards, Frees Other Detainees From Cells, Video Shows

The detainee choked one guard until he was unconscious and knocked another out with one punch, leaving him hospitalized with serious injuries.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

181 Cook County Jail Staffers Have Coronavirus. Remaining Guards Are Overworked, Forced To Cut Corners, Union Says

In two recent incidents, strained employees forgot to tell officers a detainee had coronavirus, putting them at risk, the union said.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Cook County Detainees Are Socializing As Coronavirus Spreads Through Jail, Staffer Says

Staff did not receive protective equipment until two weeks after coronavirus was detected at the jail, the deputy said: Sheriff Tom Dart "dropped the ball."

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

2nd Cook County Jail Detainee Dies Of Coronavirus

As of Thursday night, 276 detained people and 172 sheriff's office staffers have tested positive for coronavirus.

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