Suffredin- For a Better Cook County  
 

Accountability
Forest Preserves
Public Safety
Cook County Budget
Forest Pres. Budget
Property Tax Appeal
Health & Hospitals
Land Bank Authority
Policy Resolutions
Unsung Heroine

 

   
 
   
   
 
   
     
  Office phone numbers:  
   
 
 

Search current and proposed Cook County Legislation in Larry's exclusive legislative library.

   
 

The Cook County Code of Ordinances are the current laws of Cook County.

   
  Cook County Hospital fills more outpatient prescriptions every day than are filled at 26 Walgreen's drug store combined.
   
     
     
     



County jail's guard shortage demands quick action

Sunday, January 08, 2006
Chicago Sun-Times
by Malcolm C. Young
Letter to the Editor

A correction to and comment on "Judge to County Board: 'It's time to step up,' hire guards" [news story, Dec. 29]: Your report of the dramatic court hearing in which U.S. District Judge George Marovich told Cook County commissioners to hire more jail guards was accurate with one exception: The author of the report documenting that the Cook County Jail is understaffed by 668 to 795 officers was MGT of America, not the John Howard Association of Illinois. The John Howard Association is the court-appointed monitor of conditions at the jail, and in that capacity provided estimates of staff shortages more than a year ago. The MGT of America Report is a highly detailed and qualitative staffing analysis commissioned by and for the Cook County Board of Commissioners. In addition to confirming previous estimates of staffing shortages, the report documented that 60 percent of the needed positions are required to serve functions vital to the safety of officers and inmates and required under the terms of the original consent decree. Judge Marovich was reacting to this report.

There was room for confusion about the source of the numbers as MGT of America was represented at the hearing by Michael Mahoney, a former president of the John Howard Association.

The John Howard Association agrees with MGT of America's findings as long as the jail is operated at its present levels. The situation is as urgent as Judge Marovich clearly stated it to be. Therefore, we remain deeply concerned about the day-to-day safety and conditions at the jail no matter the outcome of [the Dec. 28] hearing. Even if the county authorizes and the sheriff hires new staff tomorrow, under existing hiring and training constraints, the jail can add only about 250 new corrections officers each year. At this rate it will take close to three years to bring staffing up to the levels recommended by MGT of America.

Accordingly, as court monitor we have been urging the parties and all responsible officials to concurrently take several steps that can more immediately reduce the inmates at the jail. This is necessary in order to alleviate demands on current staff and to minimize risks to inmates. We do not believe that increasing staff levels at the jail, which is needed, will resolve the problems at the jail as quickly as they need be resolved.

Malcolm C. Young,
executive director,
John Howard Association of Illinois



Recent Headlines

DLA Piper advises group of developers on purchase of Old Cook County Hospital
Friday, January 19, 2018
Special to suffredin.org

Cook County Sheriff's office launching email helpline for opioid antidote drug
Thursday, January 18, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Cook County Hospital System Considers Selling Rights To Money Owed To It
Thursday, January 18, 2018
WBEZ Chicago Public Radio

Restoration on Cook County Hospital could begin this summer
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Curbed Chicago

EDITORIAL: Foxx should steer clear of donations from property tax lawyers
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

26 inmates charged with violence toward guards at Cook County Jail
Saturday, January 13, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Cook County assessor not cooperating with investigation, IG complains
Saturday, January 13, 2018
Chicago Tribune

WASHINGTON: County repeal of soda tax was a mortal mistake
Friday, January 12, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

SNEED EXCLUSIVE: Developer plans to make old county hospital a community anchor
Friday, January 12, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

Western Springs Board reconsiders opting out of county minimum wage law
Friday, January 12, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Why more Chicago hospitals are getting into the housing business
Thursday, January 11, 2018
Crain's Chicago Business

Chicago hospitals help lower health care bills by housing the homeless
Thursday, January 11, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Dorothy Brown runs out of excuses on e-filing
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Ethics board fines Cook County assessor $41,000 over political donations from lawyers
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Chicago Tribune

County wants seniors to confirm they’re still seniors
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Evanston Now

Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown ordered to improve public access to electronic records
Tuesday, January 09, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Foxx focuses on ‘bigger picture’ in first year as state’s attorney
Tuesday, January 09, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

As disparity in water rates persists, Cook County Board searches for answers
Tuesday, January 09, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Kim Foxx Concerned With ‘Justice, Not Convictions’
Monday, January 08, 2018
CBS Chicago

Foxx on hiring of outside lawyers by top aide: 'We're going to look at it from soups to nuts'
Monday, January 08, 2018
Chicago Fox 32

all news items

Paid for by Larry Suffredin and not at taxpayer expense. A Haymarket Production.
^ TOP