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Cook County Jail Mental Health

Changing Our Response to Behavioral Health

American Anthropological Association | Posted 10.19.2014 | Impact
American Anthropological Association

Robin Williams's death has saddened and shocked many of us, and as the many displays of mourning through social media indicate, Williams's death has deeply touched so many and brought to the fore much needed conversations about mental illness.

U.S. Jails Struggle With Role As Makeshift Asylums

AP | Adam Geller | Posted 07.14.2014 | Crime

CHICAGO (AP) -- Peering through the chain link of a holding pen at the Cook County Jail, a man wrapped in a navy varsity jacket leans toward clinical ...

Kim Bellware

Sheriff: 'Jails Are The New Insane Asylums' | Kim Bellware | Posted 09.30.2013 | Chicago

Jails like Cook County's are the nation's new insane asylums Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart told newsmagazine "60 Minutes" during Sunday's feature on th...

Kim Bellware

Illinois' Largest Mental Health Facility Is A Jail | Kim Bellware | Posted 09.21.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- Before he was an inmate, a middle-aged man in a tan correctional uniform heard voices and believed he was God. Former Rep. Patrick Kenne...

Sheriff: Near-Capacity County Jail Causing Logistics 'Nightmare'

Posted 08.22.2013 | Chicago

The Cook County Jail is just a few inmates shy of being at full capacity, creating what the sheriff is calling a logistics "nightmare." As of Wedn...

Sheriff Says County Jail Is Largest Mental Health Provider In The State

Posted 02.22.2012 | Chicago

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart says the county jail is so overwhelmed with people whose offenses are more attributable to mental health issues than crim...