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With a two-year decline in jail population, Cook County is demolishing some older jail buildings that once housed inmates.

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Instead of getting arrested by Chicago police, some offenders will be diverted to a new mental health triage center on the South Side. Why city and county officials hope it helps keep people out of jail.

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We bring you part two of our story on a program that aims to stop the revolving door of the criminal justice system – from inside the Cook County Jail.

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Should the practice of assigning bail to defendants go away? Why a growing group of stakeholders and public officials say most defendants should simply be let out for free.

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For many young men inside the Cook County Jail, violence on the streets is a daily reality. But a new program based at the jail aims to change that reality.

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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.

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Meet the author of a new book that takes an in-depth look at the challenges the justice system poses for minority defendants.

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The Cook County Sheriff's Office is finding a way to keep certain criminal defendants at home and on the job, instead of in jail while they await trial. Brandis Friedman takes a look at how a two-year pilot program designed to release inmates jailed for low-level offenses is working so far.

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Archbishop Blase Cupich, Sheriff Tom Dart

Archbishop Blase Cupich heard prayer requests and offered blessings to inmates Tuesday morning during a private tour of Cook County Jail with Sheriff Tom Dart.

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Dr. Nneka Jones Tapia, a clinical psychologist, is the new director of the Cook County Jail. Jones Tapia has been working as a deputy director at the jail since 2013, and previously served as chief psychologist for the jail’s health care provider. The Cook County Sheriff’s office believes Jones Tapia is the first mental health professional to head up a prison or jail in the U.S. Jones Tapia joins us.

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A former jail inmate alleges he was denied food and access to a bed or shower for days at a time in this latest complaint.

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Read an interview with Tedi McClain and Ebenezer Amalraj of Cook County Jail's Alpha Parenting Course.

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Prison food may be notoriously bad but some inmates at Cook County Jail are learning to make their own high-end cuisine. We'll tell you about a novel culinary course now underway at the jail. Watch a web extra video and view a slideshow.

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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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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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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.