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  • 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.]


    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
  • 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.

    • Carlos 1:55 pm on May 23, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Hello i was wondering….since cook county jail are selling phone cards to inmates for them to call people will they charge the people the inmates are calling even though the inmates are buying these phone cards?

      • Linda Shelton 6:11 pm on May 23, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        I don’t believe they are selling phone cards to inmates. The plastic phone cards would be probibited as contraband as plastic cards can be made into shanks. Where did you here this? I don’t believe as all plastic cards are prohitied. If an inmate has one, he got it illegally as far as I know.

        • Carlos 12:40 pm on June 7, 2012 Permalink

          My friend is in cook county jail division 1 and he told me in a letter he was going to call me in a weeks because cook county started selling them and he said he was going to buy one for him to call me and his parents…..this is why I wanted to know if I will get charged or not and I have a contract phone from Verizon…I was wondering if you can help me find out?

        • 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.

    • 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.

  • 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.

    • Mary 8:58 pm on January 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I have a good friend in Cook County Jail. He is in division 14 and was sentenced for 364 days. His attorney told him he would be in for 6 months, but in the division, they said they do not give day for day credit. Is this true? The Judge in pretrial conference even thought he would only be there for 6 months, it is for a dui. How do we know with certainty what his release date will be?

      • Linda Shelton 12:31 pm on January 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        He should talk to his attorney. The Illinois statutes have a statute under the corrections code about good time jail credits. It mandates day for day good time credits unless you are jailed for a violent crime against other persons. It can only be removed by the Sheriff after a due process hearing resulting from the inmate doing something wrong and receiving a disciplinary ticket. Do not believe anyone at the jail. Only believe the statutes and discuss them with an attorney. The inmate should discuss this with his attorney who can check that he is released in 6 months and make sure through talking with the Sheriff department attorney that he is released according to the law.

      • Linda Shelton 12:33 pm on January 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        Read this and send it to the inmate. If he needs to get this enforced, he needs to talk to his attorney. http://www.scribd.com/doc/9709683/Criminal-Law-Good-Time-Jail-Credits-Illinois-2008

      • Adriana 7:12 pm on July 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Hey did You end up finding out if they gave them the 6months or the 364 days. My boyfriend is in cook county jail they gave him 4 months he had 37 days served so the said he only had to do 23more days now the sheriffs are telling him the same thing as this can u please help! Thank you in advance

        • Linda Shelton 8:06 pm on July 11, 2014 Permalink

          You can go to the court clerk at the courthouse where he was sentenced and ask to view his court file. Then you can see for yourself the sentence. Unless it is a very violent crime, the inmate automatically gets day for day credit – i.e. has to serve only half the sentence.

    • Kamisha Howard 9:29 am on March 8, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Do you know when good time credit will come back? My boyfriend has been in jail since january 29th. He was sentanced to 2 years and he was awarded 96 days served. His release date currently says November 3rd. If he gets good time how much would they take off?

      • Linda Shelton 4:46 pm on March 8, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        To calculate his out date, take the day he was sentenced, go back 96 days and add one year as he automatically gets day for day good time credit. They likely will NOT bring back meritorious good time credit or extra meritorious good time credit any time soon and if they do, it will only be for extra good behavior and actions that the inmates do like volunteering to clean up tornado damage. He should ask his couselor if he can take any classes (school, drug addiction, etc) that will give him extra days off his sentence.

        • 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.

    • Sharon 1:48 pm on May 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Maybe this is a better place for my question? Inmate was detained in 2005, sentenced in 2008 with 12 years (80% mandatory), how can I figure out a release date?

      • 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?

        • Sharon 11:13 am on May 24, 2014 Permalink

          I’m sorry, he was taken in 8/20/2005, sentenced 10/17/2008 but I’m not sure about the amount of days he was credited. The idoc website shows a parole date only and that’s in 2016. He acts as if he is unsure himself. I really believe that he may have been ticketed which adds to his time, if I’m not mistaken, so he doesn’t want me to know that thats what’s going on. Thank you so much for responding, by the way.

    • Linda Shelton 5:11 pm on May 24, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      The parole date is the release date, so unless he has earned credits from taking classes or whatever, that is the date he will be released as shown on the IDOC web site.

  • 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.
    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.

    • Leonardo Nieves 1:31 am on November 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I was wondering how can I get another copy of my release papers the reason is because I moved out here to Puerto Rico and over here the officers in charge, since I have to register once a year for 10 years, they say they need that paper to calculate the years I need to register.

    • christopher griese 8:42 am on July 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I need proof that I was arrested October of 2005 that my release date was April of 2008

      • Linda Shelton 1:04 pm on July 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        You are talking about proof that you were in prison, not jail. You have to get that from the Illinois Department of Corrections records department and not the Cook County Jail as a three year sentence is served in prison and not jail. Go to their web site to find the address.

  • 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.

    • Gregory Graves 1:42 pm on September 13, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I am trying to find out if my name are included in the Cook County Jail law-suits for deliberate indifferant of medical and dentist assistances.

      • 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


  • 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.

  • Linda Shelton 6:01 pm on August 10, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: items allowed in a cell, items allowed in a jail, mailing to a jail, pick up detainees property, pick up inmates property, picking up detainees property, picking up inmates property, power of attorney for detainee, power of attorney for inmate, sending items to a jail   

    What can I mail to the detainee or inmate 

    You can send him NOTHING but letters, soft cover books and magazines (3 per mailing max) and pictures. 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.

    During visits nothing can be passed to the detainee. 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 detainees 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.

  • Linda Shelton 11:20 pm on July 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , discharge, processing out, release policy, release procedure, release process,   

    Bond and Release process or release procedure from Cook County Jail 

    After the detainee is scheduled for release by the court he must go through a discharge procedure. He/she will not be able to tell you a time to pick him/her up and the jail won’t be able to tell you a time either.

    Make sure to also read the official Cook County Jail web site’s bonding page: http://www.cookcountysheriff.org/doc/doc_Bonding.html

    If he/she is in court in the morning, then they will be returned to their unit in the jail by about noon to 3 pm. If they are being released then they will be given their clothing and told  to dress and put their bedding into the linen bags.

    They will be escorted to the discharge area where they will have to wait anywhere from 1 to 8 hrs for release. They will have paperwork filled out and they will be identified multiple times to make sure they are releasing the right person. If on bond they have to sign and receive bond papers.  If they are  on any medications, then this will prolong the process as the doctor has to write the orders, the pharmacy has to fill them, and the detainee must be escorted to the pharmacy to pick them up.

    If they are to be electronically monitored, then more time is needed to  be processed for this.

    The process begins around 8 am if the detainee has finished a sentence and is scheduled for release on a specific day.

    Nothing is done during shift changes and for an hour before and after. That is between 6 am and 8 am and 2 pm and 4 pm. Shift changes are at 7 am, 3 pm and 11 pm.

    A person can be released any time of the day or night and on weekends and holidays also, if bond is paid or there is a court order.

    When processing is complete they will be released out of Division 5 – the big white gate a 1/2 block south of 26th street on California avenue.  There is NO PLACE to wait for the detainee, even if they are ill, disabled in a wheelchair or it is storming or snowing. People picking them up have to wait on the sidewalk or in their cars.

    The inmate will not be able to call you because their cell phone battery will be dead by the time they are released. They receive their money as a check and therefore they have no change to make a  phone call.

    They are only given a bus pass, along with any property the jail staff have not conveniently “misplaced”, along with a check for their money that was placed in the commissary if released before 5 pm. If released at night or evening, then they have to come back to the jail during business hours to pick up their check.

    Bond money will be mailed as a check to their last known address six to eight weeks after their trial is over with or the charges are dismissed. The clerk keeps 10 % of the bond as a processing fee, no matter how large the bond. ($10 for a $100 bond;  $1000 for a $10,000 bond)

    You will not be able to call the jail and find out when they will be released. They will not answer that question.

    So if they were scheduled for release that day – expect the detainee to emerge between around 9 am and noon.

    If they are being released after a court hearing, expect them to be released around 4 to 8 pm, rarely between noon and 2 pm.

    If they are released after bail is posted expect to have to wait from 2-6 hrs before they emerge (not counting shift change time [7 am, 3 pm, 11 pm] and the hour before and after shift change).

    • WHITNEY 3:44 pm on September 12, 2012 Permalink | Reply


      • Linda Shelton 4:30 pm on September 12, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        Your welcome – it makes what I do for the public worthwhile!

      • Amy 7:47 pm on July 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        There has got to be someone on here that has the phone number to Central Bond Window. I used to and cannot find it. It is impossible to find a live person since it’s the weekend. Anyone??? Please? My SO is now on bond as of yesterday but he is not sure how much and only has a limited number of calls to contact us about it. Any numbers I can find online are automated or for business hours which are both useless right now. Thanks in advance.

        • Linda Shelton 9:30 pm on July 13, 2014 Permalink

          Try the trust office which is right next to the bond desk. Trust / Personal Property: (773) 674-6864 IO’ll keep looking. If you find it please tell me and I will post it.

        • Amy 2:13 pm on July 15, 2014 Permalink

          Thanks Linda, they transferred me and I got the information but the CO wouldn’t give me a direct line. Just told me to contact the appropriate court room. I will dig around and let you know if I find it because it is useful. But he’s out!

    • Mary 9:54 pm on November 20, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Does cook county still hold illegal immigrants that are detained for ICE?

      • Linda Shelton 10:33 pm on November 20, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        I don’t know if they have a contract, but I do know that some illegal immigrants who are in jail pretrial because they can’t pay a bond have a “hold” on them by the immigration service as an illegal immigrant or an illegal immigrant with a criminal history so when and if they are found innocent or released, they will be taken into custody for ICE and will be deported.

        • Viviana 11:58 am on February 15, 2013 Permalink

          In September 2011, the County passed a new law that prohibits the Sheriff from holding people pursuant to adminstrative requests by ICE because these requests are not based on probable cause and often result in unlawful detention – so if they are eligible for release they will be released. They will NOT be released if a judge believes they pose a flight risk or public safety threat, and they will NOT be released if there is a outstanding criminal warrant for their arrest. See, http://www.jesusgarciaforcookcounty.com/p/in-news.html

    • Maggie 7:33 pm on December 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      You seem very knowledgeable and I am very lost right now, my boyfriend got sentenced to 365 days ( for a misdemeanor driving on revoked!!!!!!!) we were not expecting this at all, is there a place where I can look up his release date?

      • Linda Shelton 12:34 am on December 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        You can look it up at the Illinois Department of Correction web site when you search under “inmate search”. His release date is calculated by taking the sentencing date, going back on the calender the number of days he got credit for serving at cook county jail and then adding 180 days (1/2 year as he gets automatic day for day good time credit, which can be revoked if he acts up in prison).

      • Linda Shelton 11:52 am on December 30, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        Take his sentencing date and add 182 days (he automatically gets day for day good time credits so he will do six monts), then subtract the number of days credit he was given by the judge for the days he was in jail after being arrested. This will get you his out date.

    • Toni Anthony 9:24 pm on January 21, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Will the Wait After Paying a D Bond Be Possilbly Over Night?

      • Linda Shelton 7:01 pm on January 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        No – he should be released before then. If you paid it at 5-9 pm however, he may not get out until 1 am.

    • Reemonda 8:49 pm on February 25, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      What does no bond means?

      • Linda Shelton 2:21 pm on April 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        No bond meands you stay in jail until trial or until the judge changes the order at a future hearing. You can’t get out by paying a bond.

    • Jasmine 4:05 pm on March 10, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Also the fact that I have a friend that also was in jail and bailed out by his friend he said the check went to him and not the person who bonded him out is the true? My x husband owes child support can I go after the bond money ??

      • Linda Shelton 2:18 pm on April 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        The money is mailed to the inmate at his last known address. Of course you can go after the bond money. You would need a court order and help from an attorney to put a lien on it.

    • Fahima McGee 12:29 pm on April 4, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      My husband was sentenced on March 12, caught on outstanding warrant. Left to DOC that Thursday. Signed off on bond slip 3/12. Why haven’t I received my bond back it’s been 21 days.

      • Linda Shelton 2:11 pm on April 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        It can take up to 8 weeks to receive bond back minus 10 %. The check is sent to the inmate at his last known address registered with the jail when he was picked up.

    • larry 1:44 pm on April 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      What determines the type of bond issued? Specificly, why would someone be given a c-bond rather than a d-bond? Thank you

      • Linda Shelton 2:26 pm on April 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        If a judge is really nasty or a person very rich and they want to kep them in jail and then steal their money as Illinois has an unconstitutional statute that the court keeps 10% of all bond money returned, even if the person is innocent! We need a class action about this taking of property (money) through fraud without due process of law. The court clerk is essentially charging different fees from defendants for the same service, tying the fee to the amount of bail. This is unconstitutional and amounts to felony fraud.

    • jeny 9:27 pm on June 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I have a question my lawyer told me to call to cook county jail to find out when my boyfriend is geting out of jail. From what I know there is no number that would tell you when someone is geting released. Can you help me please because I dont know what to do or call.

      • Linda Shelton 10:20 am on June 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        There is no number is right. It is hard to get any information out of the jail. They follow the “mittimus” which is a paper from the court telling them what to do with the prisoner. You can read the mittimus from each court date at the Court Clerk’s Office in the courthouse where his case is heard. Or ask your boyfriend when he calls you or write to him. You can go to his court hearings or trial and LISTEN. You can go to the criminal clerk and look at his file and the court docket. The docket will have his court dates, his bail amount, the written mittimus for each court date, the results of a plea bargain or trial with the sentence. Once you know the sentence, then you can figure out the out date.

    • Angel 3:12 pm on July 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I have a question. My fiancé was sentenced to 90 days. the attorney told him that he would only have to do 45 days. I spoke back with the attorney today and he said that he gave us confusing information. we don’t think that was fair at all for him to say that he gave us the wrong information. do you have any info as to what we can do??

      • Linda Shelton 1:01 pm on July 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        By law every inmate is given day for day good time credits, so if you are sentenced to 90 days, you serve 45. Sooo – what is your question? I don’t think the information is confusing.

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