Prisons: Cook County Horrors

These affluent days, most Americans rarely think about what's going on in the local jail, or they assume that prison reform has worked some quiet miracle of rehabilitation. Experienced in mates know better. Understaffed and undersupervised, county jails often provide terror far more chilling than any thing to be found in a full-scale pen itentiary. Last week the everyday horrors of life in Chicago's Cook County Jail erupted into public view. A grand jury has been investigating, and the city's newspapers have started interviewing former inmates. The result is a stomach-turning catalogue...

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