Hearing Today About Whether Sheriff Dart Must Provide Evidence About Compliance With Court Order on COVID-19 in Jail

Detainee Declarations and Sheriff’s Own Admissions Show He is Failing to Provide Testing and Social Distancing CHICAGO, May 21, 2020 — A federal court judge will hold a hearing this afternoon about detainees’ claims that Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart is not complying with a court order to protect detainees’ health and safety. The hearing… Read More

Federal Court Orders Social Distancing at Cook County Jail and Continued Protections for Incarcerated People During Pandemic

Preliminary Testing Shows Jail Coronavirus Hotspot Far From Under Control Read the ruling and declarations filed on behalf of incarcerated people CHICAGO – A federal judge today ordered Sheriff Thomas Dart to implement social distancing measures for people incarcerated in Cook County Jail. With few exceptions, Judge Matthew Kennelly’s order dictates that people incarcerated in… Read More

Federal Court to Hold Hearing on Adequacy of Cook County Jail’s Social Distancing Measures

Today, a federal judge in the Northern District of Illinois will hear arguments on whether or not precautions being taken by Cook County Jail are constitutionally adequate. Attorneys representing people incarcerated in Cook County Jail will argue that social distancing is essential to protect the health of people incarcerated in the jail and constitutionally required.… Read More

Federal Court Affirms Government’s Responsibility to Protect Incarcerated People from COVID-19

Judge Kennelly rules that Sheriff Dart must implement policies ensuring sanitation, testing, social distancing at intake and the distribution of personal protective equipment A federal judge in the Northern District of Illinois today ordered Sheriff Thomas Dart to implement additional social distancing and sanitary measures Cook County Jail as part of his constitutional obligation to… Read More

Federal Lawsuit Demands Release of People from Cook County Jail to Prevent Coronavirus Deaths

You can find a copy of the lawsuit here. CHICAGO — Late last week in alliance with the Chicago Community Bond Fund, civil rights law firm Loevy & Loevy, Civil Rights Corps, and the MacArthur Justice Center filed an emergency class-action lawsuit against Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart, asking for the immediate release of medically… Read More