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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.

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

Yoga Comes to Cook County Jail

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

Yoga Comes to Cook County Jail

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

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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.

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.