Web Extra: CountyCare Enrollment for Detainees

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Last year, Cook County Health & Hospitals System began enrolling people in CountyCare, a Medicaid program for uninsured adults in Cook County. CCHHS has been enrolling individuals at 138 locations, including the Cook County Jail. Read an article.

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Lawsuit Alleges Brutality at Cook County Jail

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February 27, 2014 - Lawsuit Alleges Brutality at Cook County

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Sheriff Tom Dart are being sued for an alleged culture of brutality and violence at Cook County Jail. Paris Schutz has the details.

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Overcrowding at Cook County Jail

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December 16, 2013 - Overcrowding at Cook County Jail

Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle and Tom Dart have a new plan to ease the overcrowding at Cook County Jail. Carol Marin and her guests take a closer look at how they are trying to reverse the chronic problems with the Cook County criminal system, including the resentencing of violent offenders from boot camp to prison, as well as the results of a meeting between Chief Judge Tim Evans, Preckwinkle, Dart and the Illinois Supreme Court to reduce the massive criminal case backlog.

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"My Block, My Hood, My City"

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August 8, 2013 - "My Block, My Hood, My City"

A new Kickstarter web series called My Block, My Hood, My City will explore the distinct aspects of each neighborhood in Chicago. Jahmal Cole was inspired to create the web series after volunteering at the Cook County Jail and realizing that most of the inmates had never visited landmark sites, such as the Willis Tower. He joins us. Watch video clips from the series, and read an interview with Cole.

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Prison SMART

Yoga Comes to Cook County Jail

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Prison SMART

Yoga and meditation come to Cook County Jail's Boot Camp. We take another look.

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Physician for Transgender Inmates at Cook County Jail

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Physician for Transgender Inmates at Cook County Jail

Dr. Kameron Matthews, the primary care physician to all transgender inmates at Cook County Jail, joins us to talk about the transgender policies at Cook County Jail.

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Electronic Monitoring

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Electronic Monitoring

Reducing the Cook County jail population by putting more inmates on home monitoring...but who is the county letting out? Paris Schutz reports.

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Cook County Jail Inmate Release Program

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January 15, 2014 - Cook County Jail Inmate Release Program

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle may soon have the authority to release nonviolent offenders from the chronically crowded Cook County Jail, after the County Board of Commissioners voted to approve the resolution giving her said authority. Brandis Friedman has the latest.

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Inmate Tracking at Cook County Jail

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October 9, 2013 - Inmate Tracking at Cook County Jail

Want to know how Cook County Jail keeps track of its inmates? Through hundreds of thousands of pieces of tattered paper. Paris Schutz has more on why Sheriff Tom Dart says it's a disaster waiting to happen. Read letters from Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown to Dart.

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Cook County Jail Near Capacity

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April 02, 2013 - Cook County Jail Near Capacity

Cook County Jail is near capacity. With summer approaching, we talk with three top county officials about what can be done.

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Prison SMART

Yoga Comes to Cook County Jail

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Prison SMART

Yoga and meditation come to Cook County Jail's Boot Camp.

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Transgender and Behind Bars

Collaborative policy addresses unique needs of "vulnerable population"

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No one questions Mimi on the street about her appearance, she says, but there is an exception -- when she has to show her I.D. Mimi says she committed Medicaid fraud to hide her identity, but now she sits in Cook County Jail. A post-operative transsexual, Mimi is considered at-risk in jail.

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