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  • Linda Shelton 1:51 am on January 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , discharge from cook county jail, discharge information for cook county jail, time of discharge from CCDOC   

    Jail has new web site – link to look-up discharge info-find when will release 

    The new jail website is improved. To find out if a detainee is on the release list and what time they will be released click this link here.

    • reignmaker1911 1:16 pm on October 2, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Linda;
      I enjoy your blog but I have one point to make. You do not HAVE to do 61 days. The only time the 61-day rule was in effect is if you needed ANY IDOC Good Time to be released. If you have a year incarcerated, (jail, electronic monitoring) and are sentenced to 1-2 years IDOC, you will receive a dress in, dress out. It just burns me up when people are told that they must do 61 days no matter what. It’s not true and never has been.

      • Linda Shelton 4:08 pm on October 2, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for information – keep it coming – the jails and prisons are very close mouthed and secretive,; that is why they get away with such abuses

    • Angel 5:32 pm on July 29, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      What do RCDC means cause I looked up my husband an it’s says RCDC/interview

      • Linda Shelton 6:42 pm on July 29, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Receiving & discharge unit – he hasn’t finished being processed into the jail. He has not been assigned a cell yet.

    • Bermary Rivera 8:42 am on June 30, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I pposted bond at 8:33pm friday and they said that they bring him i said okay how long but here is sunday i havent heard anything and on top he had court friday at 12 but they told me at 1 o clock crazy stuff now im still waiting than i look him up it say no bond but on the day i posted the bond so im nit understanding wats going on …im so worried cook county26 and california is the worst …im ready to break down smh

      • Linda Shelton 11:11 am on June 30, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Sorry, but I am not connected with Cook County Jail. You can try the administrative office or social worker’s phone numbers from their official web site, but only during normal business hours.
        Contact us:
        Main Phone Number: 773-674-7100

        Customer Service Line: 773-674-1945
        7 days a week, 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

        Automated Help Line: 773-674-5245 English or Español

        Search for an inmate or pay inmate’s bond
        Women’s Justice Program, Electronic Monitoring
        Visitation Information
        Inmate Trust Account
        Information about an inmate’s medical or mental health condition
        Recovering inmate’s property
        Commissary and refunds
        Inmate Services (e.g. notify inmate of a death)
        Inmate Records
        Divisional supervisor
        Other Important Telephone numbers:
        Business Office: 773-674-6866
        Legal Office: 773-674-7683
        Office of the Executive Director: 773-674-2859
        Inmate Services: 773-674-1979
        Records Department: 773-674-5200
        Training Academy: 708-974-5700
        Trust / Personal Property: 773-674-6864
        Visitor Information Center 773-674-8225
        Electronic Monitoring 877-326-9198

      • Linda Shelton 11:18 am on June 30, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Yes the Jail is miserably run & Sheriff Dart is negligent as well as malicious to whistle blowers like me. I’m sorry but I have no connection with the jail. Look at these phone numbers try calling electronic monitoring if that is the case or the Administrative office or social workers during business hours.
        Contact us:
        Main Phone Number: 773-674-7100

        Customer Service Line: 773-674-1945
        7 days a week, 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

        Automated Help Line: 773-674-5245 English or Español

        Search for an inmate or pay inmate’s bond
        Women’s Justice Program, Electronic Monitoring
        Visitation Information
        Inmate Trust Account
        Information about an inmate’s medical or mental health condition
        Recovering inmate’s property
        Commissary and refunds
        Inmate Services (e.g. notify inmate of a death)
        Inmate Records
        Divisional supervisor
        Other Important Telephone numbers:
        Business Office: 773-674-6866
        Legal Office: 773-674-7683
        Office of the Executive Director: 773-674-2859
        Inmate Services: 773-674-1979
        Records Department: 773-674-5200
        Training Academy: 708-974-5700
        Trust / Personal Property: 773-674-6864
        Visitor Information Center 773-674-8225
        Electronic Monitoring 877-326-9198

    • Annie 7:45 pm on April 29, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      When someone is released from Cook County, are they given bus fare?

      • Linda Shelton 8:56 pm on April 29, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        NO not as far as I recall but who knows, that may have changed, but unlikely as they like to conserve money.

    • Chy 11:19 pm on October 23, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      My boyfriend went to jail the other day for domestic got out on a ibond and went back the same day for violating probation, what are his chances in court?

      • Linda Shelton 12:55 am on October 24, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Who knows! It depends on his past history, what he did to violate bond, how aggressive is the prosecutor & how nasty or bizarre is the judge

  • Linda Shelton 1:13 pm on November 6, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    New non-military boot camp 

    Young healthy men who are first time felony offenders may be sentenced to the Cook County Jail Book Camp which is now a 6 mo sentence of hard labor demolishing abandoned condemned homes with education such as drug abuse prevention, GED, etc plus 8 mo supervised release where convict must work for free 3 days per week doing ?. I’m unable to find more details at this time. 

    This sentence would be in lieu of prison time at the Illinois Dept of Corrections penitentiaries. If the inmate does not comply he can be resentenced to prison.
    The military type boot camp was abandoned as it did not make them do useful work, did not train them for jobs, and the military did not want to enlist graduates.

  • Linda Shelton 5:34 pm on February 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Division 15 

    Division 15 = house arrest, when you are monitored with an ankle bracelet and therefore, technically still in custody of the Cook County Department of Corrections (Cook County Jail).

    • Shrday Pleasant 4:25 pm on March 2, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      What’s the point of division 15 jefferson co general
      Do it mean they getting out on house arrest or what

      • Linda Shelton 6:49 pm on March 2, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        I have no idea what you are talking about. What is Jefferson Co General. This site is about Cook County Jail.

    • April 1:40 am on August 27, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Hi, my fiancé have an out of state warrant out but cook county have him for atleast 30 days. But I don’t know when is his release date and they not telling me. Do I count by his booking date? Please help. Booking date was 7/30

      • Linda Shelton 3:19 am on August 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        If other State does not pick him up 30 days after his court date where judge granted extradiction request made by warrant then he must be released

      • Linda Shelton 12:56 pm on August 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        If he is in jail on a cook co charge he stays there until he bonds out or case resolved. If held on warrant other county or state has 30 days to pick him up after his first court appearance on the warrant or until after his cook county case is resolved and then he has court appearance on the warrant issue and then they have 30 days from the court appearance to pick him up

    • Shai 1:49 pm on August 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Hello Linda. My husband was arrested after trial. If he was out on bond before. He isnt able to get another one? Is it because he is required to serve the time he was given? When I go to the Cook county website it doesn’t have any information on release date and it has No Bond.

      • Linda Shelton 11:35 am on August 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Sounds like he was convicted and is serving his sentence (either pled guilty or judge if he waived a jury or jury determined he was guilty) – if you are not on good terms with him or his attorney with whom you should talk to get details of what happened, you can go to the court clerk’s office and ask for help to view the docket on the computer which would say if he was convicted and sentenced & what sentence is. You just need his name & birthday. Even the entire court paper record is public & you can ask to read it in the clerk’s office.

    • Tiffany 8:00 pm on May 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply


      My husband has been in cook county since September 30, 2016 on VOP charges and new charges that are possession of firearm FOID REVOKED. He is retired military and the judge said that all he needed was to supply his retirement paperwork at the next hearing and they would knock his charges down to class 4 from class 3 and give him a 1 year 1day sentence. Since he has already served 7 months in county, he would be taken to statesville and dress in/dress out and be released the same day.

      My question is, because my husband’s job is out of state (he works in Texas in the oil field), can the judge allow the stipulation of allowing him to work out of state in his plea agreement or is that unheard of? And if that isn’t something that a judge would do, can my husband chose to serve out the remainder of his sentence at statesville and be released with no parole or probation so that he can leave the state for work? If he did this, would he just have to serve the remaining 5 months of the sentence? I appreciate any help. His court date is this Friday and his public defender isn’t responding to any calls or emails.

      • Linda Shelton 3:38 pm on May 3, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Parole is mandatory & judge can’t change it. IL Dept of Corrections decides where you serve parole & transfers it to another state so he ásks for that when processed in prison. He should ask attorney to make sure his request for out of state parole noted on sentence order

    • Sue 9:57 am on March 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Hi I need an please…. my son was sentenced 37 days at cook county but he has to go back and see the judge on his release date is this normal protocol??? Thanks for any answers

      • Linda Shelton 1:37 pm on March 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Not normal protocol. Must be something specific to this case or the charge or to the follow-up.

    • Valeria 7:16 am on September 27, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      When they are in divison 15 does that mean they will be relased on house arrest or will be transffered to the penetreties?

      • Linda Shelton 12:26 am on September 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I’m not sure. They R only going to penitentiary if found guilty. Electronic monitoring is pre-trial in lieu of remaining in jail pre-trial. I believe div 15 is meant for those on electronic monitoring, but it may include others or I may be wrong.

    • Destiny 9:57 am on September 9, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      My boyfriend is in division 15 at cook county jail. Does this mean he will be released on house arrest?

      • Linda Shelton 1:07 pm on September 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I think so, but I do not represent the jail or court system. Ask your boyfriend.

    • Denisha 12:38 pm on June 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      My boyfriend is in Vandalia correctional facility and he is serving nine months, in which he has 3 months to go ,9-9-16, for aggravated unlawful use of a weapon with no other priors but yesterday we just received Parole papers from the prison . Does this mean he could be coming home early

      • Linda Shelton 10:33 pm on June 12, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I have no idea. I do not work for the state or IDOC. Nor do I have contact with officials. He should talk with his social worker if he is uncertain of his out date.

    • vincent fraid 2:55 pm on May 23, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Linda can you please give me information on unclaimed class action lawsuit monies against cook county jail for illegal stripsearch and “dick doctor”, etc.. i’m having a hard time finding any links

      • Linda Shelton 8:47 am on May 24, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Vincent – it is too late to get compensation for the stripsearch and “dick doctor” cases. There are time limitations to collecting the small awards given to those detainees affected. The jail sent notices to the detainees last known addresses. If you moved and did not receive it, then they are not liable. Anyways, the time limit for collecting on these class action suits has passed. You are too late.

  • Linda Shelton 3:09 pm on March 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ADA violation, Anita Alvarez, BLMChi, cook count court clerk Dorothy Brown, Cook County States Attorney, dr linda shelton, excessive force, excessive sentence, illinois bail stastute, illinois battery statute, , injustice system, judicial misconduct, malicious prosecution, police misconduct, retaliation against activist, unconstitutional Illinois bail statute, unconstitutional Illinois battery statute, wrongful arrest   

    Stand-up in support of those fighting corruption and excess sentences in Cook County Courts 

    UPDATE – COME TO NEXT COURT DATE 09/12/2018 room 506 2600 S. California, Chicago at 10 AM

    Judge Cannon acting bizarre-ordered arrest disability assistant without cause-refusing to sign order for motion granting modification order & refusing to allow Shelton to argue pre-trial motions while harassing Shelton by refusing to accommodate disability.

    Update 12/9/16: UPDATE – On 12/9/16 Judge Cannon granted Motion to rewrite the order denying Motion to Declare Battery statute unconstitutional so that Shelton can immediately appeal it; however, when a crazy detainee bolted and ran into Shelton trying to escape on 12/9/16 Shelton was slightly injured and hearing rescheduled for 1/20/17 when order will be written and Shelton will finish her argument that charges are void due to prosecutor’s fraud upon the grand jury.

    COME TO COURT and stand-up for an activist under siege from false charges and defamation of character meant to shut her up, who has been working behind the scenes to expose judicial, prosecutorial, and police misconduct in the Chicago area for 15 years.

    Dr. Shelton is a behind the scenes activist for court reform, civil rights, and rights of minorities, poor, and disabled. Come to court12/9/16, room 506, 2600 S. California, Chicago at 10 AM and stand-up for her to show support for her fight against false arrest and abuse of minorities, poor, and disabled; against extortion of defendants by State charging exorbitant fees for processing bail bond; and against false arrest, malicious prosecution, and biased profiling of citizens.

    Come to next court date 12/9/16 at 10 am rm 506. 2600 S California, Chicago, for argument that indictment should be stricken for fraud upon the grand jury by the State’s Attorney in failing to present fact that alleged act of “touching an officer’s ear” was induced/triggered by the Sheriff Courtroom Deputies violating ADA accommodations for disabled Shelton in that they pushed her, causing her to lose balance, and triggered a PTSD flashback, causing her to cower and waive her hands around her head believing she was being attacked.

    UPDATE: 7/13/16 Judge Cannon denied motion to declare battery statute unconstitutional and defied higher courts by failing to state why this order was not immediately appealable, so Shelton cannont appeal this order until the end of the case. She has filed a motion to clarify the order and follow higher court precedent and declare that there is no reason to delay appeal of this order.

    Shelton argued her motions to clarify 7/13/16 order denying motion to declare IL Battery Statute unconstitutional

    Shelton’s argument for her motion to declare the IL battery statutes unconstitutional was rebutted by the state in June with the comment that they “stand on their pleadings.” Judge Cannon will issue her written opinion on the motion on 7/13/16, after taking the motion to declare the battery statute unconstitutional “under advisement” – see below. Read motion States Attorney Anita Alvarez has been totally unresponsive to Shelton’s concerns about unlawful arrests, malicious prosecutions, and illegal acts by Sheriff and police.

    Sheriff Dart is a hypocrite in condoning his Sheriff Staff’s attack against whistle blowers and activists, defaming them with false claims of mental illness and false crimes of battery of officers and won’t discuss this with the press or his Staffs’ victims. He condones State’s Attorney Alvarez’ misconduct in office by helping to cover up officer misconduct, excessive force, medical neglect and abuse at the jail.

    Cook County (Chicago) courts are full of false charges, malicious prosecutions of poor, disabled, minorities, and whistle blowers, as well as run by incompetent, corrupt, and bribed judges and attorneys. Judges and attorneys went to jail for this corruption and bribery 30 years ago in the famous “Greylord” prosecutions, but it still is as active as ever.

    States Attorney Anita Alvarez charged Chicago Police Officer Servin with involuntary manslaughter for killing Rekia Boyd instead of the appropriate charge of murder. Judge Porter dismissed the involuntary manslaughter charge stating that the act was murder as he willfully fired into a crowd of people and dismissed the involuntary manslaughter charge. As he can’t be charged with a higher charge for the same crime, this officer got away with murder. Officer Servin was off duty on the night of March 21, 2012, when he got into a verbal altercation over loud music with a group of people gathered in a West Side alley. He said he felt in fear for his life when he fired over his shoulder into the crowd. One of the shots killed bystander Rekia Boyd, 22.

    Yet SA Alvarez is charging Linda Shelton, a disabled activist, with felony aggravated battery to an officer for, in a courtroom, allegedly “touching an officer’s ear” with no injury. This brings a sentence of 3-14 years in prison if convicted.

    Yet, the State through the court disability coordinator knew before the court date that I have multiple physical disabilities and use a walker –

    (INCLUDING BALANCE ISSUES so when I’m push I reach out and grab with my hands to try and steady myself)

    as well as that I have post-traumatic-stress disorder due to being beaten by police.

    Shelton gave her a letter from Shelton’s psychiatrist who treated her for PTSD that states that Shelton “misperceive ongoing events” if the PTSD FLASHBACKS are triggered, that she cower and tries to protect herself with her arms waving around her head!

    The courtroom SHERIFF STAFF PURPOSELY GRABBED SHELTON AND PUSHED HER TO TRIGGER A FLASHBACK then failed to “stand back” and give her time to “recover her mental equilibrium” and become aware of where she was, as recommended by her physician in this letter.

    The sheriff staff and judge knew this before court – purposely triggered a flashback and therefore knew Shelton could not have conscious intent to “harm” and officer or make”insulting or provoking contact”. As this alleged crime would be a misdemeanor, since the “victim” was an officer, the SA raised the charge to a felony!!!

    This was a violation of federal law as the court was REQUIRED to accommodate Shelton’s disabilities as she requested and listen to her doctor’s letter.


    Come to court and stand in gallery to show support for Dr. Linda Shelton who writes this blog and several other blogs exposing Cook County Court, Sheriff and police misconduct and crimes including and  Shelton needs a large grass roots effort to protect her so these web sites are not shut down. Show support for her fight against false arrest, excessive force, excessive sentencing, lack of rehabilitation, lack of restorative justice, illegal bond retention statute, unconstitutional battery statute, illegal procedures in divorce and probate court, wrongful theft of estates from elderly by court-appointed guardians.

    Next hearing on case 12 CR 22504 is 1/20/17,, room 506 at 10 am 2600 S California, Chicago, IL

    Fantastic news is that on Sept. 30, Shelton argued her motion to declare part of the Illinois Bail statute unconstitutional which allows the state to keep 10% of the bail bond paid, as a fee for processing the bond, despite the fact that it costs the same amount to process a $100 bond check as a $30,000 bond check.

    So it is exploitation & fraud to charge one person $10 and the other $3,000 for this one service, whether they are innocent or guilty. In Illinois if you pay 10% of the bail (i.e. the bail bond) you can get out of jail pretrial on bond, but if you don’t show up for court, the state can declare that you forfeited the whole amount of bail ($300,000 for which you pay $30,000 to get out of jail) and then go after collecting it from you. Read the motion that will be argued here.

    Judge Cannon said she was going to grant this motion – but then she entered and continued it after the argument was over saying that Shelton didn’t have standing because the clerk had not yet withheld the money. That is baloney as the clerk has already collected the bond money so by statute must keep the 10% fee. A new law will go into effect in Jan. 2016 that in counties greater than 3 million people the clerk may not keep more than $100 of the bond, but this still means the law is unconstitutional. Judge Cannon acted illegally by continuing her ruling until the end of the case.

    Hear Judge Cannon’s written opinion on Shelton’s motion on 7/13/16 in court rm 506, 2600 S. California, 10 am. On 5/9/16,, Shelton argued her motion that the IL aggravated battery statute is unconstitutional. She needs a continued big audience 4 her case – PLEASE APPEAR IN THE GALLERY.

    We must stand together against the Cook County INJUSTICE SYTEM!!

    Now they are trying to shut me up by charging me with felony battery for “touching an officer’s ear” during a PTSD flashback the officers triggered using information they received from the court disability coordinator – where I requested disability accommodations including not doing things that trigger flashbacks and backing-off if a flashback occurred until it passed as recommended by psychiatrist Dr. Robert Galatzer-Levy. The Cook County Courts pervasively refuse to accommodate litigants’ disabilities and use their disabilities against them.

    Possible sentence up to 14 years is outrageous, disproportionate and unconstitutional. I also have motions challenging the bond retention statute as unconstitutional and the battery statute as unconstitutional. Come to court and stand in gallery – help me fill gallery – or the judge will blatantly violate the constitution and laws if there are few witnesses. Help me get press coverage!! Help me please as much as possible get this covered. Next hearing on case 12 CR 22504 is 1/20/17,, room 506 10 am 2600 S California, Chicago, IL

    For more information read this blog post:

    letter by Dr. Robert Galatzer-Levy: 

    Read about abuses of litigants by Judge Cannon

    • Elena 6:33 am on March 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Corrupt judges regularly fix cases in favor of its parties of interests in IL Courts. Chancery Judge Robert E. Senechalle, Jr., who is Mr. Michael Madigan’s protege, fixed my fraudulent foreclosure in favor of the bank. Senechalle trespassed all applicable laws, including his own standing Order and helped Wells Fargo bank lawyers to withhold documents from the case which was based on forged robo-signed documents (read: he defrauded me and Appeal Court justices who reviewed incomplete case file). Now Municipal judge Moltz is trespassing all applicable laws to help Wells Fargo bank to obtain a reward for their fraud; while Senechalle threatened me with sanction because I filed absolutely lawful Petition under Rule 1401 to vacate his void Order. Judge Martin Paul Moltz was repeatedly sued for corruption and racket in Federal Court, cases 04-CV-50355 and 15-CV=6111 Solomon v. Wells Fargo, Judge Moltz,, (this case was filed in respond to case 14-M1-722380, which was mysteriously SEALED in court records. Thus, Moltz have a flagrant conflict of interests to be involved in my case – but he proceed without any shame and with total impunity. Moltz is trespassing all applicable laws to help Wells Fargo bank to obtain its reward for fraud ; while Senechalle threatened me with sanction because I filed absolutely lawful Petition under Rule 1401 to vacate his void Order. I have only one confidence in this corrupt Court – the first person to defraud me will be a judge.

      • RICK BECKHAM 7:18 pm on March 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Defendant has his workstation facing the large window that faces the back yard on his home. Defendant first heard what sounded like someone walking close to the window that faces the back yard. Defendant first thought it was some animal walking past the window. One night, defendant heard firewood fall from the stack next to the sliding glass door fall from the stack. Defendant then quietly walked out the front door with his dog and a flashlight moving quickly to the back yard. Defendant saw a man, about 5 feet, 10 inches tall, wearing tan slacks and a blue, short sleeved, knit Polo shirt run through the wooded lot to the other street, turned and ran South.
        • The next incident happened about a couple of weeks after the above incident. Defendant was watching TV when his dog, Karma walked to the sliding glass door facing the back yard with her ears perked forward looking at the sliding glass door. Defendant then quietly got up with flashlight in had opened the front door, then quickly went to the back yard and again saw the same man, dressed in the manner running toward the wooded lot, turned and again ran South as he had in the previous incident. There were other incidents were defendant would hear some one walking out side near his house in the back yard. Defendant would then wait to see if anyone would attempt to enter his home. These incidents continued until the temperature became very cold.
        • On one evening, about four (4) weeks prior to the May 28, 2014 hearing, defendant had gone fishing at the Rock River in Dixon. Defendant stayed late as the Walleye were biting. When defendant returned around Midnight, he walked into his house to find furniture had been moved and the cable to his TV had been removed. I took my dog all over the house thinking the intruder may still be inside the house. I found no one in the house and no brakeage indicating a forced entry. I could not find any items missing that could be sold were missing from his house.
        • Defendant asserts that he keeps a box file with hanging folders under one of the desk in his workroom. This box file was set up with the sole purpose of defending my foreclosure against Bank of America, N.A., now to be known as (BANA). The files were labeled: Service of Process and Foreclosure Defense. The Service of Process file contained many cases of law of which was about four inches thick. The other file, Foreclosure Defense was large as well containing my documents alleging fraud on the part of BANA in pursuit of foreclosing on my home. There were several payment coupons defendant had kept he received from BANA with mode of payment stapled to the top of each payment coupon. One payment coupon was for $1473 and some cents. There other payment coupons exceeded $1800. These payment coupons represented most of defendant’s assertions that BANA had forced him into foreclosure by fraudulently increases payments so he could not afford to make these inflated payments therefore, violating defendant’s contract forcing him into foreclosure. BANA and former attorney, Al Williams had knowledge of these files and the payment coupons. Green Tree Servicing, having taken over servicing of defendant’s mortgage from BANA must have knows of these payment coupons as well because, at this stage of the foreclosure proceedings, Green Tree Servicing, LLC would be the only entity interested in stealing defendant’s payment coupons.
        • On or about three (3) weeks prior to the May 28, 2014 hearing, defendant pulled out the box file under one of his desk in the workroom to find all files missing. I looked everywhere in the house first thinking he may have taken the files out and not replaced the files in the box file. Having found no trace of the missing files, I determined that the BANA files were taken when the intruder entered his home with the skills to pick locks.
        • Defendant asserts that when he talked to his neighbors concerning the aforementioned incidents, not one had experienced any incidents whatsoever and that his neighbors informed him it would do not good to call the police as nothing of salable value had been stolen.
        • On the night of May 25, 2014 around 11:30 p.m., defendant was washing dishes at the kitchen sink when he heard loud shots being fired from a large caliber gun very close to the kitchen window that over looks the back yard. I then poised to listen to for bullets striking the house. Hearing no bullets hit the house, I went quickly to the front door, turned on the high beam outside lights above the garage door; went outside to see someone running West in the ditch along the street into the darkness. Defendant’s dog gave chase to the shooter, but I called her back not wanting her to get shot.
        • Defendant grew up shooting all kinds of guns hunting with his father and brothers. My father was an avid hunter and gun dealer, therefore I am familiar with the sounds of all kinds of guns. The gun the person used to fire of shoots next to my house was a 30.06 caliber or higher.
        • The next day, May 26, 2014, defendant, not being able to get any sleep, left his house and drove to the Rock River near the dam to fish and try to settle his nerves. I was gone about an hour and a half and upon walking to the front door, saw a sticker placed on the window next to the door. The sticker read” IMPORTANT! We have found this property to be vacant/abandoned. This information will be reported to the mortgage holder. The mortgage holder has the right and duty to protect this property. The property may be rekeyed and/or winterized with 3 days. If this property is NOT VACANT, please contact Safeguard Properties at 877-340-8482. Defendant called the phone number with no response. I then went to my neighbor’s house across the street and asked John Bonnell if he had seen anyone around my house. Mr. Bonnell informed me that as soon as I left my house, a Silver Hyundai SUV pulled up in the driveway. A man got out of the SUV and proceeded to walk around the house holding some kind of instrument.
        • Defendant returned to his house and again tried to call the 877-340-8482 phone number on the sticker left by the man with no success. I then found the website of Safeguard Properties, LLC. I then filled out Contact Us form submission on their website.
        • On or about May 27, 2014, defendant called Safeguard’s phone number1-800-852-8306 x 1224 located on the email sent to me. I was transferred to another “Resolution Specialist” that informed me that Safeguard Properties was informed that your house was vacant and the electricity was shut off. I then asked the women who hired you? She responded, “Green Tree”. I then informed Resolution Specialist that Green Tree knew the house was not vacant and the electricity was never shut off because I had spoke to a customer service representative from Green Tree on or about the last week of April, 2014.
        • Defendant stays in contact with people he found on a website, that have problems with BANA. We exchange all kinds of information concerning BANA’s illegal foreclosing tactics. On or about May 26, 2014 I emailed Isabel with questions regarding Safeguard Properties, LLC. Isabel responded with an email concerning her horrible experiences with Safeguard Properties, LLC.
        • Defendant performed an internet search of Safeguard Properties and found where the Illinois Attorney General had filed a lawsuit against them for illegally picking the locks on home owner’s doors; removing all kinds of items from their homes and then changing the locks so the home owners cannot get into their homes. The Illinois Attorney General’s lawsuit can be found at: hrrp:// 37.pdf filed in Cook County, The People of the State of Illinois v. Safeguard Properties, LLC, 2013CH20715.
        • During the May 5, 2014 hearing, Judge Fish appeared to be interested in defendant’s Motion to Find Unconstitutional Illinois Mortgage Foreclosure Law and asked me if I would send him the case law I intended to present at the May 28, 2014 hearing. Defendant complied with Judge Fish’s request and mailed him the following: Best v. Taylor Machine Works, 689 N.E.2nd 1057, and Quaker Cab Company v. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, 277 US 389 (1928), Robinson v. Johnson, 346 III. App.3d 895, 809 N.E.2nd 123 (2003) City of Chicago v. Morales, 687 N.E.2nd 53, and O’Connell v. St. Francis Hospital, 492 N.E.2nd 1322.
        • Defendant had previously filed Motion for Leave to Show Cause Motion to Amend Motion to Dismiss in April, 2013. In the first line of said motion, I stated that I have Lyme’s Disease, therefore, Judge Fish was aware of defendant’s disabling disease as follows: 1. On of about the first week of September, 2011, defendant was home suffering from the neurological effects of Lyme Disease having been diagnosed July 28, 2011 by A. Eastman, S.M.A. of Whiteside County Health Clinic, Rock Falls, Illinois.
        • Defendant, on the day of the hearing, May 28, 2014, had very little sleep from the accelerated intimidations and had no sleep before the day of the hearing. I was under extreme duress during the hearing informing Judge Fish that I was having problems talking.
        • Defendant, after struggling to speak, I concluded his presentation. Plaintiff’s argument amounted to defendant’s reliance of criminal case law was in error. Judge Fish then agreed with plaintiff. Judge Fish could not have read any of the case law I sent him because in Best v. Taylor Machine Works, (citations) utilized criminal as well as civil case law to arrive at their opinion. Likewise the court in Giaccio v. Pennsyvania, 382 U.S. 399 (1966) held, (a) Regardless of whether the Act is “penal” or “civil”, it must meet the due process requirements of the Fourteenth Amendment. P. 402
        • Defendant asserts that Judge Fish would not allow me to rebut plaintiff’s argument and proceeded to deny my motions in about four (4) seconds. Then the scene in the courtroom turned surreal. It became obvious that Judge Fish and plaintiff’ attorney, Michael Downey had planned their tactics before the hearing. Judge Fish then started chuckling as the plaintiff’s attorney was shuffling papers for the order to allow Green Tree as plaintiff and granted plaintiff’s motion for foreclosure, order of default and sale. Judge Fish could hardly contain his exuberance.
        • Defendant informed Judge Fish in general of the acts of intimidation and vandalism he had to endure prior to the May 28, 2014 hearing. Judge Fish made a weak apology for my “misfortunes” and then denied my request for more time to prepare for his foreclosure defense. Judge Fish was both biased and prejudice against defendant where he allowed the plaintiff four (4) extensions of time.
        • Judge Fish was both biased and prejudice when he denied both defendant’s Motion to Find Unconstitutional HB1960, 735 ILCS 5/15-1505.6 (West 2010) of the Illinois Mortgage Foreclosure Law and the Illinois Mortgage Foreclosure Law and to Supplement and Amend said motion. Judge Fish mocked defendant by making fun of the language I used in titling my motions. By Judge Fish denying said motions, he was in effect ruling in favor of defendant’s claim that, under Illinois law, there is no due process pursuant to 735 ILCA 5/15-1505.6 as Judge Fish would not allow affiant any time to show “good cause” after 60 days of defendant filing his appearance, thereby denying me my right to due process of law under the 14th Amendment. Judge Fish was therefore biased and prejudice against defendant by not allowing me any time to show good cause for late filing any challenges to the courts jurisdiction.
        • Judge Fish ruled that defendant submitted himself to the jurisdiction of the court by filing my appearance and I was properly served. Judge Fish was prejudiced against defendant because filing an appearance does not constitute submitting defendant to jurisdiction of the court because I have only filed motions of issues pursuant to the jurisdiction of the court. BANA filed for foreclosure June 7, 2011, defendant was served on or about October 1, 2012. Before defendant’s files were stolen out of his house, he had appellate case law ruling that three months; four months; eight months and fourteen months were to late for service. The appellate courts dismissed the suits with prejudice.
        • Rule 61: Canon 1. A Judge Should Uphold the Integrity and Independence of the Judiciary
        A Judge Should Uphold the Integrity and Independence of the Judiciary.
        An independent and honorable judiciary is indispensable to justice in our society. A judge should participate in establishing, maintaining, and enforcing, and should personally observe, high standards of conduct so that the integrity and independence of the judiciary may be preserved. The provisions of this Code should be construed and applied to further that objective.
        • Rule 62: Canon 2. A Judge Should Avoid Impropriety and the Appearance of Impropriety in All of the Judge’s Activities.
        A. A judge should respect and comply with the law and should conduct himself or herself at all times in a manner that promotes public confidence in the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary.
        • Rule 63: Canon 3. A Should Perform the Duties of Judicial Office Impartially and Diligently
        The judicial duties of a judge take precedence over all the judge’s other activities. The judge’s judicial duties include all the duties of the judge’s office prescribed by law. In the performance of these duties, the following standards apply:
        A. Adjudicative Responsibilities.
        (3) A judge should be patient, dignified, and courteous to litigants, jurors, witnesses, lawyers, and others with whom the judge deals in an official capacity, and should require similar conduct of lawyers, and of staff, court officials, and others subject to the judge’s direction and control.
        (4) A judge shall accord to every person who has a legal interest in a proceeding, or that person’s lawyer, the right to be heard according to law. A judge may make reasonable efforts, consistent with the law and court rules, to facilitate the ability of self-represented litigants to be fairly heard.
        • Defendant asserts that a passive observer would be inclined to believe that Judge Fish displayed unconscionable behavior toward me during the May 28, 2014, and could well have been intoxicated due to his aforementioned behavior. Defendant asserts that he was humiliated and embarrassed by Judge Fish’s behavior.
        • Defendant asserts that he was pursuing a Pro se lawsuit, case No. 2008MR9 with Judge Jacquelyn D. Ackert as the presiding judge. Judge Ackert was biased and prejudice during the 12/03/2008 hearing by calling defendant’s attorney by his first name, “Fred” and by having an armed deputy sit close to me (within two seats) during the hearing. The armed deputy would follow me all around the courthouse, even into the men’s rest room. Defendant asserts that no armed deputy was seen sitting close to “Fred”, or following him around the courthouse. Therefore, defendant has complied with 735 ILCS 5/201001(a)(3)(iii) and named Judge Ackert in my petition. In the alternative, defendant will move to substitute Judge Ackert pursuant to 735 ILCS 5/2-1001(c) before she makes any substantive rulings.
        • Defendant asserts he cannot get a fair and impartial hearing from Judge Fish, or Judge Ackert.
        • Defendant brings this petition in accord with In re Marriage of O’Brien, 2011 IL. 109039 and Chief Justice Kilbride’s special concurrence.
        WHEREFORE, Defendant prays this Honorable Court will grant the above styled petition in the interest of substantial justice.
        RELIEF SOUHT: Substitute the aforementioned judges with a fair and impartial judge.
        Void all orders submitted by Judge Fis

    • Kellypowell 12:08 pm on January 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I will attend!

      • Linda Shelton 11:01 pm on January 8, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Next hearing 3/30/16 2600 S. California State v Shelton 12 CR22504, 10 am (altho heard usually only when all cases done and gallery empty at 11am to 1 pm) – hearing scheduled on Shelton’s Motion to Declare IL Battery and Aggravated Battery Statutes unconstitutional – Please come and bring as many activists as possible- Judge Cannon is the same incompetent and/or lawless judge who declared officer not guilty of shoving gun in detainees mouth

        • Rick 6:23 pm on January 10, 2016 Permalink

          Hi Dr. Shelton, I have had more experience that I ever wanted dealing with corrupt judges. There is one issue I believe we both share; we are disabled. I was declared disabled on 02/01/2013 by a ALJ through a hearing on April 6, 2015. In my highly illegal foreclosure in Dixon, IL, Judge Fish was extremely prejudicial toward me after my lawyer, Al Henry Williams was disbarred. A paralegal with the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission informed me that there were voluminous complaints filed against him, he would never practice law again. Two complaints involved stealing money from elderly folks, but most were from his representation of foreclosure clients, or lack thereof. He was helping all the Banksters steal his clients homes. The Banksters were ignoring Service of Process laws to the point they were informing us they were not foreclosing, but were offering a home mod. I discovered Bank of America had filed for foreclosure June 7, 2011 after making my first home mod payment, at in September of 2011!!!! BoA rep. Nikia Hernandez told me BoA had not filed for foreclosure on August 28, 2011.
          It is obvious that employees of Cook County have discriminated against you because of your disability of which would strip them of any immunity from a lawsuit. I can send you case law if you need them.
          I hope to make it at your hearing. You will need a “Bystander’s Report” on appeal. I know judges are intimidated by bystanders taking notes during hearings. My daughter did this for me, but she is now a surgical resident in California. The judges knew her well for all her honors in high school, college and medical school. I will be in touch.

    • Amanda 9:04 pm on September 26, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thank u so much for answering so quickly!! I keep getting different stories from people, including people from statesville. I asked the same question I asked u and she replied “he doesn’t get any visits here amd he more than likely will be switched to another prison in less than 61 days” which didn’t answer my question. She then transferred me to “his counselor” which never answered or responded to my voicemail. Thank u very much for your help. It amazes me how often the guards and officials break the laws in prison!! My fiancee is highly allergic to poultry and fish, even sent in a letter notarized from his docter stating that fact, and instead of giving him a veggie tray they would skip meals for him amd lie and say they did feed him. So much goes on in there that they get away with. Aren’t they the ones who are there to make sure the prisoners don’t break anymore laws? But in fact they mistreat and abuse them.

    • Amanda 10:13 pm on September 25, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Hi!! My fiancee just got shipped to statevilles. He got served 58 months but already did 2 and half years in county. His lawyer said he would do a dress in a ND out so he should be home soon. Can u please tell me when I should expect him home? Does he have to do a mandatory 61 days in stateville? All his time is creditied.

      • Linda Shelton 12:44 pm on September 26, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        The law requires a mandatory 61 days, but who knows! Courts and police and prisons in Illinois often don’t follow the law and no one holds them accountable.

    • Diana 5:58 pm on August 16, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Ms Linda or anyone that can help, please help with some advice, my boyfriend was put in cook county jail last Tuesday and he has a court date this coming Thursday the 20 th of August. His bond is set at over 35k and none of us have money not even for the 10% with his from my understanding doesn’t work with child support . He always paid child support when he worked however he had a hard time finding a job and holding a job for the past 3 years. What should we expect from court Thursday as we have zero money and I had to loan money to actually survive. Also the house we or I now since he’s in jail live in is foreclosed and we have to evict so we were trying to move out of state with some of my family in Arizona.

      • Linda Shelton 3:48 am on August 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        I can’t answer a question I don’t understand. What is he charged with? What is his criminal history? What does child support have to do with his alleged crime? What does the eviction have to do with his crime?

    • Tiffany Ross 5:51 am on June 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Hi, want to know is there a way to get a inmate bond lower? His bond is 75, 000 he’s charged with aggravated battery/school employee

      • Linda Shelton 3:32 pm on June 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        The detainees attorney must make a motion to the court to request a lower bail and give a good reason to do so.

    • Linda Shelton 11:42 pm on April 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you for your thoughts. It helps a little, but you know how you get scr**d by the system an the lawlessness without a lot of people in the gallery watching the corrupt.

      • bollivar4 12:15 pm on May 3, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Hi Dr. Shelton, My daughter is well known by the dirty judges in the circuit where I was convicted. I would take her to all my post judgment hearings. Especially when I was fighting these evil judges for cause. She is incredibly intelligent and they know it. They learned quickly to behave while she was present as she provided affidavits to the judge’s behavior during the hearings. She is now a surgical resident in California. I had to bribe a judge to get custody of her in 1995. Well, actually my Mother went along with it as I refused. The judge’s wife, as I would later learn, is a lesbian pedophile that thought she could get my daughter after we obtained custody. After the custody proceedings were over, my daughter confessed to me that the judge’s wife would always try to put the make on her during “shopping” trips. My daughter wisely waited until after the custody to tell me as she knew I would be outraged. I am so sorry I could not be there for you. Please keep me updated on all your court proceedings. I am presently going for executive clemency based on actual innocence as I have been repeatedly denied access to the court by dirty judges. Take care, Rick

    • Linda Shelton 4:15 pm on April 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      (720 ILCS 5/21-4) (from Ch. 38, par. 21-4)
      (This Section was renumbered as Section 21-1.01 by P.A. 97-1108.)

      (720 ILCS 5/21-1.01) (was 720 ILCS 5/21-4)
      Sec. 21-1.01. Criminal Damage to Government Supported Property.
      (a) A person commits criminal damage to government supported property when he or she knowingly:
      (1) damages any government supported property without the consent of the State;
      (2) by means of fire or explosive damages government supported property;
      (3) starts a fire on government supported property without the consent of the State; or
      (4) deposits on government supported land or in a government supported building, without the consent of the State, any stink bomb or any offensive smelling compound and thereby intends to interfere with the use by another of the land or building.
      (b) For the purposes of this Section, “government supported” means any property supported in whole or in part with State funds, funds of a unit of local government or school district, or federal funds administered or granted through State agencies.
      (c) Sentence. A violation of this Section is a Class 4 felony when the damage to property is $500 or less; a Class 3 felony when the damage to property exceeds $500 but does not exceed $10,000; a Class 2 felony when the damage to property exceeds $10,000 but does not exceed $100,000; and a Class 1 felony when the damage to property exceeds $100,000. When the damage to property exceeds $10,000, the court shall impose upon the offender a fine equal to the value of the damages to the property.
      (Source: P.A. 97-1108, eff. 1-1-13.)

      • bollivar4 10:29 pm on April 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Dear Dr. Shelton, I pray you are doing well. I have been looking forward to meeting you. The long and horrendous fight against the most evil organization in this country, the “Judicial System”, takes its tole on us. I have tried to bring to this to the attention of everyone I can, but in their opinion, if it does not happen to them it is not their problem. I hope someday that there will be enough people dragged into the evil web of our corrupt judicial system to form the majority instead of the minority that will rebel against this corrupt machine. Where there are lawyers, there is darkness, greed and corruption with smiling faces bent on betrayal. May the Lord bless you, Rick Beckham

    • Kate 1:48 pm on April 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Linda! Can you let me know what the criminal code 720 ILCS 5 21-4(1)(a) [10761] means? He is currently serving time in cook county, if that makes any difference. Thank you!

    • agent provocateur 12:21 pm on March 20, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on Nevada State Personnel Watch.

    • bollivar4 6:12 pm on March 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Dear Dr. Shelton, I will be with you come Hell or high water. I have tried for 20 years to get media attention to my case, but no one will publish a word. Not even CLR when their website was running. CLR would ask me for case law from time to time, but would not publish on their website any of my legal briefs for fear of being sued. My response: You can’t sue the truth. I am currently fighting a nasty foreclosure case in Lee County. I was not in default of my home loan, that is, not intentionally. I had to file for bankruptcy protection to keep the corrupt judges from allowing first Bank of America, now Greet Tree Servicing, LLC from stealing my home, therefore, aiding and abetting criminals. State and federal law mean nothing to these judges, for they believe they have been granted absolute immunity from suit. Only if they knowingly deny ones constitutional rights are they immune. I will make every effort to be at your hearing. We all must be in constant prayer, then my the Lord bless us.

  • Linda Shelton 8:15 pm on September 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Aftercare program   

    Dart’s claims about Boot Camp all false 

    The truth about the Boot Camp from someone who went through it. The glowing claims are false

    He was sentence to Cook County Boot Camp by the Judge and was told it was a 4 month in house followed by 8 months home. Once they arrive to boot camp after waiting in the Cook County jail for 2 months, they was told the program was now 6 months in house and 8 months home. They was threaten and force to sign a form agreeing to the new revised 6 months or either face the judge for sentence of 6 years or better.

    Also they was told the program has many programs, job skill and things that can help them once they are released. Well none of that is to be true, they do exercise in the morning. Some attend school that don’t have High School diploma while the others do absolutely nothing with there time but stand. If they are lucky they get to clean inside the building by washing walls ,mopping, cleaning. So how can this be a reform program and there is nothing for them to do.

    Tom Dart should be ashamed how he got on national television and spoke out of his mouth how the program has been revise with 4 month in house teaching them gardening skill alone with various other recreational programs. Not one of them seem a garden let alone any other skills. Is there anything that can be done about this,if nothing else this program should be closed down.

    • Marcie williams 5:52 pm on December 18, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Ms.Shelton can u email me @ or give me your email address I really need your advice please

    • isiah 1:37 am on April 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      first off you should take the time to investigate these claims yourself.. second i was a inmate that went to this bootcamp, gfulf 34 to be exact.. honestly this is a life saving program.. it actually does has gardening program and so mush more helpful activies.. so be simple it gives a man a choose to truly change, simply because you can ay any time voluntarilly quit the program, and as result of you have to face a judge to be sentenced accordily to each specific case.. do your own real reseach.. p.s. this program change me for the better for ever

      • jd4022 9:05 pm on December 16, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Is the program still going on

        • Linda Shelton 11:15 pm on December 16, 2015 Permalink


      • Steve 10:51 am on July 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I was there and I got kicked, punched, and slapped by the female camptsin. I had to stand in a corner for 16 hours a day for 3 days for eating a piece of lettuce on accident.

  • 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.

    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).

  • 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).

  • Linda Shelton 10:04 am on May 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: good time credits, jail sentence, prison sentence   

    Loss of Good Time Credits 

    What does LOSS OF GOOD TIME CREDIT MEANS . ( Also this person is on House detention . )

    • In Illinois, the law says that in non-serious crimes a person automatically only serves half the sentence because they get one day off for every day they serve in jail or prison. If they get disciplinary action against them, they can be sentenced by jail or prison hearing staff to loss of this time off the sentence. They get a disciplinary ticket and have a hearing about this where they are not entitled to an attorney, but can request witnesses.  This hearing is often a sham where the staff refuses to bring the witnesses or doesn’t let the inmate or detainee question them properly. It can even occur with a couple of corrupt correctional officers of low rank simply standing at  your cell door while your in the infirmary sick an unable to properly answer, yelling loudly and rapidly in a summary fashion and sentencing you to removal of some good time credits.

  • 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 

    Update: 5/2015 Apparently the in jail time has been increased to 6 months.

    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
    • Steve 1:33 pm on October 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve been there and I was physically abused the whole time. It’s a horrible camp. For two weeks I was hit punched kicked threatened mentally abused. 1000% honest. They forced me to quit where I then spent 3 years in prison. They make you stand for hours and there not supposed to touch anyone at all. The black captain female slapped me across the face and I did nothing but give a look. There crazy there.

    • roy gutierrez 5:53 pm on December 10, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I completed this program many years ago. Honestly, without this experience I would not be the person I am today.Was the program intense? Hell yea, its suppose to be. I would take boot camp anyday over the actual jail. Dont get me wrong waking up at 530 am and going all day as a unit is not easy.But in jail all you do is sit their waiting for your next court date while barely getting feed or medical attention if needed. This goes without saying that you always have to watch your back because stabbings are very real in Cook County jail. Boot camp feeds you better, you get medical attention, and no stabbings occur. Boot camp will either make you or break you. Many times I wanted to quit but I never gave up. I kept pushing even without any family in my corner during this time. I wish I could thank my old drill instuctors. Drill instructor Nazaro, Jefferries, and Fabien are just some of them. Thank you for showing me tough love. Its hard to believe all I had when I completed boot camp was the clothes on back. Once out you have to get a job, only place that would hire me was Old Navy. That is how I started when I finished boot camp. Today I have my degree from Devry University in computers. I am a family man now. I have 2 kids, married to a nurse who I love very much because she never stopped believing in me. I work as a customer support technician for a company not to far from home making good money doing what I enjoy. Thank you Jesus. I know you were watching me throughout my rough times and mistakes. Instead of jail I went to boot camp and meet the people I needed to meet. If Cook County Boot Camp makes just one person successful then I’d say it works. I AM ONE OF MANY.

      • Linda Shelton 3:06 pm on May 12, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Congratulations-it works for some, but studies show that most boot camps do not have better results than jail or more importantly restorative justice programs

        • Debra 3:57 pm on May 12, 2016 Permalink

          How do i get in touch with tom dart or the commissioner? Because i have a very serious problem to take care of.

        • Linda Shelton 4:09 pm on May 12, 2016 Permalink

          Sheriff Thomas Dart
          Sheriff’s Office of Cook County, Illinois
          Richard J. Daley Center
          50 W. Washington – 704
          Chicago, IL 60602

          Look up the commissioner for your district on this web site:

        • Debra 4:36 pm on May 12, 2016 Permalink

          Thank you

    • Neondra 10:18 am on April 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      My husband was given 120 days in the IDOC boot camp. Since turning himself in on January 9th 2015 he currently awaits in the CCJ. On May 11th he will then attend boot camp after having spent the 120 days in CCJ. Also we have been told that boot camp is now 6 months instead of 4 months as told by the judge and our attorney. Can you confirm that this information is correct?

    • 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.

      • sean 9:51 am on May 21, 2015 Permalink | Reply


  • Linda Shelton 6:52 pm on January 15, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Cook County criminal defense, Cook County free legal assistance, free criminal defense attorney in Cook County, Illinois criminal defense   

    How do I find free legal assistance other than the public defender 

    I am writing this for those who are innocent. If you are guilty my best advice is plea bargain so that you get the lowest sentence possible. The public defenders are actually good at that so you may want to use them. However, you can be found not guilty even if you are guilty if you find a good private attorney, especially if they can find a technicality that will lead to the case being thrown out. The public defenders have too big a case load and would rather plea bargain instead of defend a guilty person, but they will defend you if you do not want to plea bargain. It’s their job. However, private attorneys have more time and money to do a good job, plus a lighter case load, so your chances are better with a private attorney. That is only my knee-jerk opinion, as I don’t have the statistics to back that up. So you may want to read this. I prefer that those who are guilty admit it to a public defender, save our tax dollars and plea bargain. I cannot condone you guilt by encouraging you to fight the charge. That is against my ethics. There is no guarantee you will be able to find a lawyer to help you, but here are the places you can look. You will have to make appointments by phone and then go to them. There will be lots of appointments and lots of rejections before you are likely to find someone to help you, but don’t give up!

    Prepare a SHORT document where you write about your case and send it or deliver it to the attorneys or law clinics you made appointments with before you go to your appointments – with a cover letter that is a few sentences saying this is what you are doing.

    Write a one to two page story about your case and attach any evidence or names and contact info about witnesses that proves you are innocent (affidavits or letters from witnesses or whatever else you have). Give the details of what you were accused of.  Write a paragraph about what the state’s witnesses said that could cause you to be convicted and why you think they are motivated to lie. Give this to each of the places you get an appointment BEFORE you go to the appointment. Make sure you write on the document that this is confidential attorney client communication – which applies if you are interviewing new attorneys for possibly hiring them.

    Contact law school clinics where they have lawyers who represent indigent clients. They all don’t do this automatically and they are limited by funding from grants and government. etc. But call each one and pound the pavement meeting with them after making appointments and showing them the evidence that proves you are innocent. This is NOT an easy task.

    This page contains links to free legal services.

    It will be tough finding someone to help you.

    Good luck! Work hard pounding the pavement going to appointments and never give up!
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