Reviews for Cook County Jail
Reviews by The Rawsons, Rachel, Keisha, Neal, Chloe and Tina
JM: Which jail did you visit?
The Rawsons: maximum security in chicago
Rachel: cook county jail
Keisha: cook county 26 and california, chicago il
Chloe: Division 10 for my cousin and then Division 6 and
14 for my boyfriend.
Tina: cook county
JM: How long ago was your visit?
The Rawsons: any place from half hour to 45mins
Rachel: 2 months
Keisha: 6 days ago
Neal: Last attempt 10/26/11
Chloe: When I was in Division 10 I remember being there
for about an hour, I guess because its part of the
medical unit and not a lot of people go there.
Unlike DIV 6 where we only had 15 minutes. DIV
14's visits are 30-45 minutes.
Tina: last month
JM: How many times did you visit?
The Rawsons: we live on the outher side of Columbus,Ohio so we
could only come once a month. We started coming
in April 2010 until sentencing in Nov.2010
Rachel: 8 times
Keisha: once every friday
Neal: 8-10 times
Chloe: DIV 10 about 5 times. DIV 6 about 3 times until
they transferred my boyfriend to DIV 14 and then I
visited twice there so far.
JM: How do you go about making an appointment to see an inmate?
The Rawsons: we were allowed to come once any time during the
month because we lived so far away
Rachel: There was no appointment. the person I was
visiting told me the date and time. trying to
reach anyone at the jail is like impossible. I
have tried numerous times and no one answers.
Keisha: No appointment needed,that's his visting day
Neal: No need
Chloe: Appointment? You just go on the county website and
type in their name and go to the inmates assigned
visiting date and time.
Tina: getting info online
JM: How long did check-in process take?
The Rawsons: no more then a half hour
Rachel: it varies. sometimes the jail is in lockdown and
you have to wait until the lockdown is lifted.
you might not get a visit. if its ok you have to
get searched and proceed to the building your
visiting, where you show them your id and you
wait for about a half an hour before your visit
begins. the visit is about 15 minutes.
Keisha: to long
Neal: about 30 minutes
Chloe: Sometimes there are long lines. So you have to
wait but when the C.O's check you in its about a
minute or so.
JM: Were the guards accommodating?
The Rawsons: Yes, everyone was so nice to us even helping us
to find a place to stay and directions. Only once
did someone give us a problem for not being there
on the right visiting day.At first we were up set
thinking we would not get in after coming as far
as we did. But thank God it got worked out and we
got to see our son.
Rachel: they treat you like your an inmate and the rules
for visiting are not clear - example: I had a
tank top on and wore a jacket to cover it and
the guard told me i had to have a tee shirt on.
no where in the rules did it say i had to wear a
tee shirt. the guards i believe do not want
Keisha: not at the front gate, they are very very rude.
Neal: Only if you acted like a little lamb and asked
Chloe: Yea, some are helpful
JM: What was the visiting environment like?
The Rawsons: Well the visitation rooms are small and some what
dirty. It's extremly hard to hear, if thair are
outher people visiting at the same time you can't
hear at all.
Rachel: to visit division 5 in the waiting area its
clean - when you go in the visiting section your
visit is between glass. The glass is dirty and
you have to put your mouth real close to the
glass to talk and it smells real bad and you
have to talk real loud even yell so the other
person can hear you. its bad
Neal: Grim, under bright lights in a less than clean
room through dirty and scratched plexiglass and
almost immposible to communicate through.
Chloe: Depends on the DIV. DIV 10's waiting area smelled
and so did the visiting rooms. DIV 6's waiting
room had dim lighting so it was kinda dark. The
visiting area has a small round metal bar stool
where you sit then between you and the inmate is a
thick glass with a small hole where you can talk
to the inmate. DIV 14 is a lot better, they have
better chairs and way you talk to the inmate is
the same but when its time to leave sometimes you
can see them at the big window in the entrance and
say your last goodbyes.
Tina: it was okay
JM: How long was your visit? Did the guards ever allow you to take extra time?
The Rawsons: Some times we would get longer visits for which
we were very grateful. I think if thay knew how
far we had come,and no one els was visiting thay
would give us a little longer.
Rachel: 15 minutes is the visit. when the visit is over
the guard will say its over by using an intercom
and there is no extra time. or the guard will
walk down the visiting aisle yelling its over.
Keisha: 15 minutes, when i waiting an hour and half to
see my inmate
Neal: 15 minutes and then out, out out!
Chloe: DIV 6- 15 minutes
DIV 10- about an hour
DIV 14-30-45 minutes
No the guards call for the inmates and that's when
you have to leave, its a sad moment but it is what
Tina: 20 minutes
JM: What was the parking situation like?
The Rawsons: Hate your parking. But with no room I can
understand it. But our first time we didn't know
we needed change so it was upsetting.
Rachel: the parking is off street and you have to pay to
park by using a meter approx. 2.50
Neal: I took 2 hours and 4 busses.
Chloe: UGH parking sucks! Sometimes you have to walk.
You're lucky to find a good spot. DIV 5 and 6 have
a better chance at parking.
Tina: didnt drive
JM: What advice would you offer to somebody who is going to visit an inmate in this jail?
The Rawsons: Be patient. Dont' go in being rude the people who
work thair can only do so much and follow the
rules. We have found most of them will do thair
best to help you out if you dont have an
attitude. Take lots of change,and don't go during
shift change.I know you don't want to be there by
choice,but we don't always have control over what
we want,so take a deep breath and smile.
Rachel: just bring your id and make sure its not expired
you cant bring your cell phone or you have to go
back to your car or put it in a locker that you
have to pay to use. no cigarettes no candy
really nothing you only need your id.
Keisha: expect to be treated like your the inmate.
Neal: Act like a lemming and kiss the guards asses. Do
not take anything valuable in with you or they
will confiscate it.
Chloe: DO NOT! bring anything but your ID and your car
keys if you drove their. If you bring anything
extra it WILL get thrown away and you will never
get it back unless you buy it again. You're also
holding up the line, it angers people because they
want to see their loved ones too!
Tina: you aint going for no reason so just go for ur loved