- Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart will be closing its oldest jail building on the South Side of Chicago while placing all female inmates in one renovated building.
Dart said Friday he'll start closing Division 1 of the jail campus at 27th Street and California Avenue on Feb. 8. It's a maximum-security building and the oldest on the campus, opened in 1929. The inmates there will be spread among the remaining buildings.
And beginning Monday, the primary female divisions -- Division 3 and Division 17 -- will shut down, with all the women moved to Division 4, which had been temporarily closed and undergoing renovations for the past two years.
How much of the jail is closed now?
- With the three buildings' closures, four Cook County jail buildings will no longer house inmates. Division 5 shut down about two years ago.
And here's an amusing little aside:
- More than 2,300 men and women are now assigned to electronic monitoring, up from an average of about 520 in 2009.
Four times the previous number, resulting a record high of inmates that Dart has no fucking idea where they are. Some sheriffs have commented that nearly 400 inmates cannot be accounted for at all. It makes everyone wonder if this might be a contributing factor to the sky high shooting numbers.