Jail Locked Down
- A lockdown was lifted Tuesday evening at Cook County Jail, where there are 9,000 inmates and staffing of correctional officers is a matter of personal safety.
When 18 percent of them called in and said they wouldn't be at work, it was sizable enough to create a safety problem. Jail officials said this is something that happens all too frequently - before holidays, after a snowfall, or with a big sporting event.
Things are returning to normal right now here at the Cook County Jail with regular staffing now in place for the 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. shift after 142 correctional officers didn't show for the morning shift. That is almost twice as many as normal.
But Dart has shut down how many Divisions? Released how many inmates? Seems like everyone is trying to get by on the cheap lately.