DOJ Report Blasts Chicago Jail Conditions
A new Justice Department report on conditions at the Cook County jail in Chicago finds the conditions at the jail deplorable.
Cook County Jail does not meet minimum constitutional standards and routinely puts inmates at serious risk, U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald said Thursday at a news conference following the release of a scathing Justice Department report on the facility.
The jail falls well short of basic standards, Fitzgerald said, and inmates have been subjected to violence and poor medical care as a result. Among the chief concerns is that the jail fails to protect inmates against beatings, both by corrections officers and other prisoners.
Fitzgerald said "some guards have engaged in organized reprisals against inmates who insult them." Also,
Health care also is a serious problem, the Justice Department found. The report cited an example of an inmate who contracted sepsis from an untreated gunshot wound and died. Another had to have a limb amputated.
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