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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.

  • 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 @ marcie1322@yahoo.com 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 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: http://www.cookcountyil.gov/board-of-commissioners/

        • 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 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.

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

      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.

    • Mike B 4:14 pm on July 11, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Linda, if a person is sentenced to 1 year on a misdemeanor and must do the alcohol program at Cook County should there out date say the full year until they complete the program? In other words will she be given her good time credit once she completes the program?

      • Linda Shelton 9:11 am on July 13, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Yes good time credits must be given unless the program lasts more than 6 months as any order for a program trumps good time credits

    • Sarah 8:18 pm on May 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Hello my husband was charged with aggravated Dui felony and have to do 10 days. Will he be in jail or go to prison for them 10 days? Do you get day for day credit for a felony Dui?

      • Linda Shelton 7:38 am on May 13, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Day to day credit is given for all but most violent crimes. Prison is for felonies – generally sentences greater than one year. Jail is for misdemeanors or pre-trial if can’t post bail.

    • Nicole 10:25 pm on June 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Linda, my BF was arrested 2/14/15. He was charged with “felon poss firearm prior” and “aggravated battery to peace officer”. While he was in jail he had an investigation alert for a separate case (aggravated battery). He ended being charged with 2 separate cases and sentenced 6yrs 6mos at 50%. On his calculation sheet it says the cases are to be concurrent. He served 208 days in cook county jail, however it was only credited to one case. His out date is May 2018. Is this correct? Can the credit only be applied to one case even if they are concurrent?

      • Linda Shelton 10:37 pm on June 12, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Concurrent means the sentence is served at the same time, but does not effect each individual sentence. Time served, as far as I know, can only be applied to one case at a time. To figure his out date, take the day of sentencing and subtract or count on the calender backward the 208 days time served credited to him by the judge. Then add 3 yrs and 3 months to that date and you will get his out date. Essentially the time served does not count toward the 2nd sentence so he will serve 3 yrs and 3 months from the date he was sentenced. That is my best interpretation of the statutes and information I can determine from them and the information you provided.

    • Elizabeth Marino 12:59 pm on April 29, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Hi linda mu boyfriend got arrested 4/15/2015 he was on 26 for 2 weeks now hes transfer to joliet hes going to be there for 2 years it means he going to be there for 1 year.????

      • Linda Shelton 12:07 pm on May 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Yes a two year sentence results in 1 year in prison minus the time they spent in the jail if the judge granted days served.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • Linda Shelton 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?

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

      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 | Reply

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

  • Linda Shelton 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.

    • 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.

    • 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 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.

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