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Cook County Jail

3015 S California Ave
Chicago, IL 60608
(773) 869-5245‎

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Are you looking for information about the Cook County Jail? You've come to the right place.

The Cook County Jail is the largest single-site county jail in the US - it houses almost 10,000 inmates at any given time. Most people who have done time in Cook County report that it is similar to prison - it is more violent than the average county jail and houses many different types of criminals. People who are convicted of felonies are not housed in Cook County Jail, though - it is strictly used to house inmates awaiting trial and people convicted of misdemeanors.

We've interviewed several ex-inmates of the jail to share exclusive details on what life inside the jail is really like. Go ahead and browse the categories on the left side to find the information you're looking for. If you don't see an answer to your questions go ahead and ask your question and it will probably be answered by somebody who has either been in the jail or knows a lot about it.

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