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Sheriff Dart Announces Cook County Jail Building Closures

January 29, 2016

Three Cook County Jail divisions will close as part of a strategic plan to reduce operational costs and more efficiently house and care for inmates within County custody, Sheriff Thomas J. Dart said today. Beginning Monday, Feb. 1, the primary female divisions – Division 3... [Read More]

Cook County Jail Detainees Isolated Due to Flu-like Symptoms

January 26, 2016

Three living units at the Cook County Jail are under isolation and a fourth is under heightened surveillance after detainee there began showing flu-like symptoms, Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced today. Detainees in the following living units are under isolation,... [Read More]

DCFS Partners with Sheriff Dart to Rescue At-risk Runaways

January 13, 2016

The Illinois Department of Children & Family Services is joining forces with the Cook County Sheriff’s Office in a landmark mission to locate and save runaway state wards, who are particularly vulnerable to crime and trafficking. As part of a two-year pilot project, th... [Read More]

A Year in Review: Unjust Incarceration by the Numbers

December 23, 2015

In March 2015, Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced a campaign to take on the system that actively facilitates the unjust incarceration of the mentally ill and poor in Cook County. He implored the public and criminal justice stakeholders to imagine the reality of bei... [Read More]

Arrests Made in Harvey Forest Preserve Murder

A Cook County Sheriff’s Police investigation has led to the arrest of two men in the murder of a man found shot to death on the western edge of the Kickapoo Meadows, a Cook County Forest Preserve near Harvey, Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced today. At approximately 2 p.m. ... [Read More]

Correctional Officer Comes to Injured Pedestrian’s Aid

December 14, 2015

An off-duty Cook County Sheriff’s correctional officer came to the aid of an injured pedestrian in Skokie last week. At approximately 5:35 p.m. on Dec. 9, Officer Wade Wicker, who works in DOC, was alerted to a pedestrian who had been struck by a vehicle in the 5400 block ... [Read More]