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  • Linda Shelton 3:56 pm on July 30, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Visiting an inmate or detainee 


    First figure out where your loved one is housed by searching for the location. The first number is the Division number.

    http://www2.cookcountysheriff.org/search2/

    Then look up where the division entrance is located – for example divisions 5 and 8 are located at the big white gate 1/2 block south of 26th and California. This link will also tell you the visitation rules. You cannot visit if you have been incarcerated in the last six months or if you are on parole or probation (without your institution’s or officer’s permission).

    http://www.cookcountysheriff.org/doc/doc_visitationmain.html

     
  • Linda Shelton 3:52 pm on July 30, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Putting money into commissary account or on the books 


    Go to the official web site of the jail and follow the directions. You can send money to the inmate to buy food and snacks, cards to mail, paper and stamps, personal supplies like deodorant and hair remover, or clothing (long johns, underwear, socks, shower shoes).

    http://www.cookcountysheriff.org/faq/faq_InmateTrustAccount.html

     
  • Linda Shelton 1:59 pm on March 1, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Chicago, Cook County Illinois, Cook County Jail Boot Camp, impact incarceration   

    Cook County Jail Boot Camp 


    The following web sites have useful information about the boot camp or “Vocational Rehabilitation Impact Center” .  The boot camp is for non-violent male offenders between the age of 17 and 35, mostly drug offenders.  The boot camp is run like in the military with vigorous physical exercise starting at 5:30 am and a very regimented day with classes and work. There is strict discipline from waking to sleeping and the detainees must do every little thing exactly as told including how they hold their trays in meal lines.

    • The V.R.I.C. is located on a 10.2 acre complex at 2801 South Rockwell  Avenue in Chicago Illinois.

    • The one year program is split into two phases, the Residential and Post Release Phase. The Residential Phase consists of eighteen weeks of intense  military discipline and education. The Post Release Phase lasts for a  total of eight months and consists of daily interaction with an assigned case manager.

    • The  inmates live in platoon style dormitories with 48 inmates in each platoon.

    • There are  a total of 10 buildings on the compound, including two educational  buildings, four dormitories, a mess hall, an intake dormitory containing  medical and counseling offices, an administration building, a gatehouse,  and a gymnasium. The gymnasium is utilized for graduation ceremonies and   s a physical training area in inclement weather only.  All of the inmates time is focused on  training and education towards the goal of graduating the program, there  is no recreational free time for the inmates. (from the Sheriff’s web site)

    You can read about it on these web sites.

    The Cook County Sheriff’s Vocational Rehabilitation Impact Center or V.R.I.C. is  designed to provide court-ordered non-violent offenders [first] a 4-month strict  detention program based on basic discipline, educational skills,  counseling and alcohol/substance abuse treatment.  In addition, the V.R.I.C. provides training in vocational skills in computer recycling, gardening  and carpentry with external resources provided by the Chicago Botanic Garden  and Chicago Prison Outreach. The  V.R.I.C. also features an 8-month long  post-release supervision program where participants receive follow on counseling  and preparation in job skills and placement.  [Therefore the program is a year long] The Participant returns to  the  V.R.I.C. on a daily basis for the duration of the 8-months to continue the  life skills program. (quotation from the Sheriff’s web site)  [The detainees wear an ackle bracelet and are on home detention during the 8 month follow up program.]

    http://www.cookcountysheriff.com/departments/departments_bootcamp_components.html
    http://www.cookcountysheriff.com/press_page/press_BootCamp200Graduation_08_11_2011.html
    http://www.digibridge.net/bootcamp/facts.htm
    http://www.chicagotribune.com/videogallery/65090378/News/Cook-County-Sheriff-s-Boot-Camp-trains-inmates-and-correctional-officers
    http://www.cookcountysheriff.org/bootcamp/bootcamp_main.html
    http://www.cookcountysheriff.org/bootcamp/bootcamp_FactsAndFigures.html
    http://www.digibridge.net/bootcamp/buildings.htm

    Visitation in the Boot Camp is NOT ALLOWED for the FIRST 30 days.

    Visits are assigned a day and time, either Saturday or Sunday, after the inmate’s first 30 days in camp.  The inmate is responsible for notifying his family and friends of his address.

    Matt Jaeky
    Deputy Director of Intake
    Cook County Boot Camp
    Phone 1 773 674 6317
     
    • Christopher 5:38 pm on July 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      So, I’m not sure if this is how you use this website but here goes…My GF got picked up for possession of heroin, it’s not her first time. She has court at the end of August. She has to wait in CCJ until then. The judge at bond court told her that she was probably going to go to the Div. 17 drug program. Can you explain this program to me. How much time is she probably facing? Is that all up to her judge at the August court date? Is the drug program just until her court date or is that what he’s going to recommend to the other judge for a sentence? Please help me. I’m so new at this and know nothing of how this works.

      • Linda Shelton 7:33 am on July 30, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        The judge decides everything. The in jail drug treatment program is usually 90 or 120 days. They go to group classes all day run by very young high headed know it alls, who don’t really understand the uselessness of their work. The contract for running the program is obtained reportedly by the usual bribes. They say it is a comprehensive program and follow-up care is available, but what the detainees have told me proves the program is a waste of time and useless, but it lets a few narcissitic judges who claim to promote treatment boost their egos. It is not really treatment. A very few highly motivated older detainees said that some have had some success if they go to the head of the program while jailed and really push hard for contacts for after care, but most won’t bother to do this and will just do their time. Several detainees have told me that at least one officer always comes in drunk and several provide contraband. I don’t believe the recitivism statistics support its effectiveness. The addicts prefer this to longer periods in prison though and the state wins out as they don’t have to pay the costs of longer prison terms.

  • Linda Shelton 11:32 am on February 20, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: blocking pone calls from jail, telephone service at jail   

    How do I block calls from detainees or inmates 


    Listen carefully to the automated instructions just prior to accepting the call.  It will tell you which button to push on your phone to block calls.

     
    • paula 9:39 pm on July 14, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      You won’t get charged for the calls as long as they use calling card

      • Linda Shelton 8:29 am on July 15, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        You are right. Recently they approved a procedure where inmates can purchase calling cards and pay for them out or their commissary funds. You cannot send them calling cards. They don’t actually have a card, just have an amount they can purchase and spend for collect calls. The calls are still outrageously expensive. But now the detainees can call cell phones if they can afford a virtual calling card.

    • msmac 5:24 pm on August 16, 2012 Permalink

      They are selling phone cards. My son is in there and he told me that they are selling phone cards.

  • Linda Shelton 8:47 am on December 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: out date, release date, sentence   

    How do you figure out the out date for a detainee who has been sentenced? 


    If it is a misdemeanor and not a felony, first ask the detainee – now inmate what was their sentence.  You can only figure the out date on a person who has been tried and sentenced. Felony sentences (greater than one year sentence) are served in a prison in the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC). Misdemeanors are served at Cook County Jail.

    Talk to the inmate or their attorney is always best – they should know.  OR

    Go to the clerk of the court (criminal clerk) at any courthouse (addresses of courthouses) and ask them to look on the computer “docket” (the computerized court records. Give the inmate/detainee’s jail number and birthdate. Then look at the computer docket and see if the person has had a trial and been sentenced. If the sentence is less than a year at jail and not sentenced to prison (more than a year) then you can look at the docket for the day sentenced and see how many days credit they were given. Then take the sentence and divide it in 2. They must serve half the sentence. Look at the sentencing date, add half the sentence and subtract the days served before trial given as credit. Then you can figure the out date.

    Illinois law gives AUTOMATIC day for day good time credit for jail sentences (if it does not involve violence). This can only be removed if the Sheriff staff gives the inmate a disciplinary ticket and holds a due process hearing (like a mini trial but really they inmate has very little rights and usually loses). Then the Sheriff can sentence the inmate to have all or part of good time credits removed and force him/her to serve the whole sentence.

     
    • Candy 7:33 pm on July 31, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Yes, I understand the calculation for release. Just was not sure if he would have to serve the 60-61 days in IDOC since he did the alcohol rehab first at Cook County and has had no other jail or prison time. Thank you. Guess it really can’t be answered yet. He too has seen inmates from the rehab there go to Statesville and process in and out the next day with out having served any other time but the rehab. Was not sure because of the new law if they were indeed fact or not.

    • laura 9:48 am on March 9, 2013 Permalink

      My son was arrested on Jan 29 2013. He went into the drug rehab unit on Feb 2 2013. He is set to be out of the drug unit on May 30 2013. He has another case that he was arrested for. so if he goes to prison say for 2 years than he would serve 1. Plus he would get credit for the time seved in cook county which woud be say around 120 days. Than he woud also get another 1/2 time credit for completing the drug program which lets say is another 60days. so he would hav180 days of credit so he would server around 6 months in prison on a two year sentenece. Is this correct.

    • Linda Shelton 9:56 am on March 9, 2013 Permalink

      No this is not correct. If there is a different charge unrelated to the first charge, then the sentences will be consecutive not concurrent to the first and he won’t get any time credit for being in jail serving the sentence on the first charge. Also you don’t get double credits. You need to take the day of sentencing and count back the number of days the judge gives him credit for being in jail, not counting the days he was serving another sentence. Then add 1/2 the sentence and you get his out date. Also jail course are NOT allowed to be counted to reduce time. You must take prison courses. If the judge makes an error based on what the attorneys say and gives him credit for days in jail on the first charge, then he should keep his mouth shut and realize they are violating the law and he is getting extra time off.

    • Linda Shelton 8:48 pm on May 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      You need to know exact dates, not just the year. Take the sentencing date and go back on the calender the number of DAYS he was given credit for. Start his sentence from the date you get. 80 % of 12 years is 115.2 months. Three years is 36 months. So I would estimate that he has to serve 115 -36 = 79 months or about six and a half years. Therefore, his release date should be soon. Unless you have exact dates and know how many days he got credit for as well as whether or not he has received any special credits in prison, you won’t know his release date. Did you check the IDOC web site? Why don’t you ask him?

    • Candy 3:48 pm on July 31, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      My son was arrested Apr 4, 2014. He was sentenced to 1 year. He immediately went into the Cook County drug and alcohol program. It is 120 day program. He was told he would get credit for 180 days. His court date is Aug. 5th. Will he be processed in and out of Statesville the same day or will he have to serve another 60 days in IDOC before he is released?
      Thank you

    • Candy 3:48 pm on July 31, 2014 Permalink

      He was arrested for his 3rd DUI over the last 6 or 7 years. [She asks how to calculate the sentence]

    • Linda Shelton 7:30 pm on July 31, 2014 Permalink

      By law they must serve at least 61 days, but some inmates have told me that they were violating the law at Statesville and processing some people in and out, so I don’t know what to say. I would presume that even if he has completed his sentence he must do 61 days as that is the new law. There are no more automatic 90 days extra credit good time granted. You must participate in an educational or rehabilitation program and EARN extra good time credits. All inmates by law with non-violent crimes are granted day for day good time credits that can only be removed by the prison for disciplinary violations not by the judge.

    • Linda Shelton 7:27 pm on July 31, 2014 Permalink

  • Linda Shelton 7:39 pm on August 10, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: class of crime, class of offense, , , Illinois,   

    Sentences for crimes in Illinois 


    Generally, these are the legal range for sentences upon conviction in Illinois.  On first time non-violent felonies it is  possible to get sentenced to probation and no jail or prison time.

     

    If the sentence is less than a year, you serve it at a jail. If more than a year, you serve it in the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC).

     

    There is NO USUAL sentence. The judge has the right to sentence a person to any amount of time within these ranges If this is a second or greater felony, the sentences can be “enhanced” (essentially doubled). With three or more felonies you can be sentenced as a class X felon – up to  30 years or even double this.  Depending on the class of felony or misdemeanor the jail terms (not enhanced by prior convictions):
    Class 1 felony = 4-15 yrs
    Class 2 felony = 3-7 yrs
    Class 3 felony = 2-5 yrs
    Class 4 felony = 1-3 yrs
    Class A misdemeanor = up to 364 days
    Class B misdemeanor = up to 160 days
    Class C misdemeanor = up to 30 days
    You need to talk to an attorney and find out what class was the crime. After a probation violation there are many possibilities depending on your underlying charge and sentence. To read the criminal code and find out about specific crimes and what class they have been assigned to see this link.

     

    Some judges will give a short jail sentence up to 6 mo plus probation, others will throw the book and give prison time.  Some will re-instate probation if the violation was minor after chewing out the inmate and may make the conditions of probation tougher.

     

    If the detainee (pre-trial) or inmate (sentenced) violates the jail rules he can be disciplined and given a disciplinary ticket. Then he is allowed a due process hearing. The normal day for day good time credits (only for those sentenced to jail time of less than one year) can then be removed as punishment. The hearing is NOT held in a court. The hearing is administrative (by the department of corrections and not in the courts) and  conducted by jail staff at the jail.

     

    Misdemeanor sentences of less than 1 year are served at the jail and the inmate gets day for day good  time credits.

     

    For prison sentences of > one year see this post to calculate the days they will serve.

     
    • troy d 9:32 pm on April 3, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      How much is criminal history factored in sentencing?

      • Linda Shelton 2:13 pm on April 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        A lot! It will make the sentence higher when there is a range. For example with a class 3 felony the sentence is 2-5 yrs. If you have a previous felony conviction the state can ask for enhanced sentencing or double this range – i.e. 4-10 years. If you have many misdemeanor convictions, then the judge may give you 3, 4 or 5 year sentence. If you are nasty to the judge and show no remorse the sentence will be more than the minimum. On a first felony that is not major violence, the sentence can be probation instead of time in prison.

        • troy d 2:16 pm on April 8, 2014 Permalink

          Lookinf at a class 4 w priors about 10 years ago in another state. Advice?

    • Linda Shelton 2:31 pm on April 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Priors more than ten years ago generally do not increase the sentence. Class 4 sentence is 1-3 yrs but may get probation. Talk to your attorney.

  • Linda Shelton 6:52 pm on August 10, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: documentation of incarceration, record of incarceration, records department at jail   

    How do I get written proof of when I was in jail? 


    Call the records Department or write them at:

    Records Department: (773) 869-5200

    Records Dept.
    CCDOC
    2700 S. California Ave
    Chicago, IL 60608

    Maybe if you call them you can pick it up at the jail, but I expect it to take days to weeks at best. Sorry, but the bureaucracy probably won’t help you any faster, but it doesn’t hurt to ask.

     
  • Linda Shelton 6:40 pm on August 10, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Haldol abuse at jail, jail doctors, jail infirmiry, jail medical care, jail psychiatrist, medical battery at jail, medical neglect at jail, medications, , psychotropic drugs in jail   

    What kind of medical care is given to detainees at the jail? 


    How come an inmate can not get the right medical attention??? My husband has gotten MRSA while in there and he has ear problems and NOW he might have hearing lost…my husband was healthy when he went in there is he coming out alive????

    _______________________________________________________________________

    Read the 2008 report by the US Attorney and you will understand the seriousness of the situation: Despite documenting murder, maiming, and brutal battery and medical neglect of inmates BY GUARDS AND MEDICAL STAFF in this 98 page report the US Attorney has indicted NO ONE yet!

    After waves made by this report, the jail did clean the holding areas and remove the one inch of 10+ year old dripping mold covered dust from the ventilation system and clean the floors with disinfectant. However, they didn’t remove the detainees from the area when they were cleaning and several developed pneumonia from breathing in that contaminated air.

    One male detainee had an open fracture, was bought to the jail after being taken to County Hospital where they put on a cast and gave him antibiotics. They failed to continue the antibiotics or bring him to the hospital for a follow-up appointment.  The result was that more than a month later when he was screaming in pain and pus was oozing out of the cast, he had to be taken to the hospital and his leg was amputated.

    The Cermak infirmary facility (this is NOT a hospital and is not certified as anything) on its medical and psychaitric units regularly abuses inmates by illegally injecting them with psychotropic drugs against their will. They do this due to staffs’ overwhelming sadistic nature, insistent on total control, insistence that they should shut up any complaints, and total intolerance for complaints or or questioning their authority or crummy medical/psychiatric care. see this post and YouTube video: here

    Detainees with serious psychiatric conditions are treated very badly and outside the standard of care. They are beaten and locked in their cells for long periods of time, denied even crayons and paper to write with, often even denied toilet paper.  They are tied down in four-point restraints if they get mad and throw something or hit their fist on the wall and repeatedly injected with Haldol and other  psychotropic drugs in violation of the laws of the state, against their will and without regard to their previous adverse reactions to such drugs. Adverse effectgs such as dystonia occur all the time.

    The medical staff refuses to talk to detainee’s physicians, refuses to call their pharmacies to confirm what medications they take, refuses to give detainees their previously prescribed medications. It may take days to get to see the doctor and get your prescriptions started up again. Diabetics may not get insulin for days. Asthmatics may not get their medications for days. Detainees with HIV or cancer will not get their medications right away and may not get them continued at all. Addicts will have to undergo cold turkey withdrawal and have been left to have a seizure  on the ground for as long as four hours with other inmates yelling for help. Elderly may be assigned to upper bunks. Heart patients may not get access to nitroglycerin for angina.  Many deaths have resulted form being locked in a cell from 10 pm to 4 am with no access to medical care. Detainees are found dead in the morning because no one cares.

    The medical director has done a very poor job of infection control and the officers are not trained properly in this. Medical care is minimal at best. They take a body out every 3-4 or so days. If you have chest pain, an asthma attack, appendicitis you may die. Those are the facts.

    Meat has been replaced with tectured soy  protein with lots of additives such as MSG and nitrates. The diet is dangerous and toxic to the inmates. The doctors even failed to give a medical diet to a woman who was allergic to soy and had severe crohn’s disease. It worsened her disease and she developed severe bloody diarrhea requiring high doses of steroids to treat it.  She survived only because other detainees gave her peanut butter and told her not to eat the “meat” because it was really soy. The doctors claim they didn’t know the “meat” was soy.

    Until the public screams and makes waves, nothing will be done.

    The families of inmates should raise hell over this, write your Congressment and the U.S. Attorney Eric Holder. The CCDOC needs to be federalized and all the leadership fired and indicted for these felony systemic and purposeful civil rights violations. Last year they moved out (officially resigned but forced out) the director of  psychiatry, Dr. Carrington. I wonder where he found a new job and worry about his new patients.

    For your husband, call your cook county commissioner and complain.

     
    • Linda Shelton 1:03 pm on January 15, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Please contact the lawyer handle the suit for failure to provide dental care: Law Offices of Thomas A. Morrissey Phone: (708) 352-3790

      Email:tam@thomasamorrisseylaw.com

  • Linda Shelton 6:06 pm on August 10, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: giving items to detainess in jail, giving items to inmates, , , visiting a jail   

    What can I give to a detainee or inmate when I visit the jail? 


    During visits nothing can be passed to the detainee. You can NOT bring them their medications. All medications must come from the jail’s doctor.

    If you have an important legal document, then you can ask for the social worker during normal business hours and she will look at it and give it to the detainee if that is allowed.

    If you need to  pick up a paper that the detainee signed with the help of the social worker in order to  give you Power of Attorney (POA) or which gives you permission to pick up the detainee’s wallet and property, then you can also ask for the social worker. The guards are NOT involved in this.  If the social worker is unavailable, you are out of luck that day and will have to come back.

    As to mail:

    You can send him/her NOTHING but letters, soft cover books and magazines (3 per mailing max) and pictures. You do NOT have to have only new books sent from the publisher or new magazines sent directly from the publisher.  In the IDOC  prison you must have books sent directly from the publisher – their rules are different. Everything else is CONTRABAND which if a detainee is found to possess may bring new charges and a longer sentence. No polaroid pictures, stickers, stamps, envelopes, paper, musical cards, pornagraphy, gang signs or symbols in the pictures, no maps or drawings looking like maps.  Everything they are allowed to get they must BUY from commissary – food, stamps, paper, envelopes, snacks (very limited), toiletries, socks, underwear.

    You cannot send him playing  cards, dice, games, underclothes, sweater, sweatshirt, etc.

     
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