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Cook County jail population surges

The population of the Cook County jail is on the rise, and the jail now houses more inmates in one place than any other jail in the country.


The inmate population is up more than 10% in the past two years, and surpasses 10,000 on some days.

A primary reason is the closure of state mental health facilities and the subsequent arrest of former mental patients for new crimes.


24 Comments to “Cook County jail population surges”

    TMot said:
    September 13, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    It will continue to grow… Close schools build more jails & prisons… It's big business in this country you do the math…Stop being so damn distracted by all the glitz & glamour systematically spewed upon you… Wake up America or it will be your last SNOOZE!

    Mike said:
    September 13, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    The u.s. should learn from North Korea and kill their inmates instead of feed and give them a free place to live.

    Carl said:
    September 15, 2013 at 4:16 PM


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