Cook County has approved hundreds of low-dollar legal settlements in connection with conditions at the Cook County Jail since 2015.
WBEZ's Michael Puente is reporting that story and he joins us now to tell us more.
March 20: A new program aims to get all arrestees a defense attorney while in police custody.
Sept. 28, 2016: Four parents sued Cook County because their sons were held in juvenile detention for days without a hearing. Now that common practice is changing. Assessing the impact of that move.
Aug. 31, 2016: A new gang has surfaced at the Cook County Jail that even the sheriff refers to as “bizarre.” Tom Dart credits members of the gang, called Savage Life, with a hostage incident that occurred at the jail late last month.