Probe Finds Pre-Trial Detention Crisis in Cook County Jail

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An investigation by the Chicago Reader has uncovered a pre-detention crisis at Cook County Jail, where more than 1,000 inmates have been awaiting trial for more than two years. In extreme cases, inmates have been held without trial for more than eight years. Minorities account for 93 percent of these long-waiting inmates, an even higher percentage than the jail . . .

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