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NCJ Number: 65823 Find in a Library
Title: ILLINOIS- A CAGE, NOT A PEDESTAL - SERVICES FOR WOMEN AT THE COOK COUNTY JAIL
Author(s): P BIGMAN
Corporate Author: Chicago Law Enforcement Study Group
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 54
Sponsoring Agency: Chicago Law Enforcement Study Group
Chicago, IL 60602
Sale Source: Chicago Law Enforcement Study Group
109 North Dearborn Street
Suite 303
Chicago, IL 60602
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS REPORT CRITICALLY EXAMINES SERVICES AVAILABLE TO WOMEN IN PRETRIAL DETENTION AT THE COOK COUNTY JAIL, COOK COUNTY, ILL., AND OFFERS RECOMMENDATIONS FOR IMPROVEMENT OF SUCH SERVICES.
Abstract: THE COOK COUNTY JAIL IS ONE OF THE LARGEST WOMEN'S JAILS IN THE U.S. AND USUALLY HOUSES ABOUT 200 WOMEN AT ANY GIVEN TIME. ALTHOUGH THE JAIL OFFERS MANY SERVICES NOT PROVIDED TO WOMEN IN OTHER JAILS, THESE SERVICES ARE NOT EQUAL TO THOSE PROVIDED TO MALE INMATES AT THE SAME FACILITY. MEDICAL SERVICES ARE PARTICULARLY LACKING FOR WOMEN INMATES. WOMEN WITH BROKEN BONES ARE CONFINED TOGETHER WITH PSYCHOTIC INMATES IN A FIVE-BED WARD AND ARE OFTEN NOT GIVEN COMPREHENSIVE PHYSICAL AND PSYCHIATRIC SCREENING AT THE TIME OF ADMISSION TO THE JAIL. INTAKE SCREENING SHOULD BE MANDATORY FOR ALL WOMEN INMATES, AND HEALTH-RELATED EDUCATION SHOULD BE EXPANDED TO INCLUDE HYGIENE AND NUTRITION. EDUCATIONAL SERVICES TO WOMEN SHOULD BE EXPANDED TO OFFER TRAINING IN MORE HIGH-DEMAND SKILLS, SUCH AS AUTO MECHANICS AND METAL SHOP COURSES THAT ARE AVAILABLE TO MEN; EVENING TUTORING ON A ONE-TO-ONE BASIS SHOULD ALSO BE EXPANDED TO INCLUDE WOMEN. THE LAW LIBRARIAN ASSIGNED TO THE WOMEN'S JAIL SHOULD BE AVAILABLE ON A REGULAR BASIS, AND GENERAL RECREATIONAL AND EDUCATIONAL READING SERVICES SHOULD BE MADE RELIABLE AND CONSISTENT. WOMEN SHOULD HAVE REGULAR ACCESS TO THE GYMNASIUM, PARTICULARLY DURING THE WINTER MONTHS WHEN OUTSIDE ACTIVITY IS LIMITED. A GENERAL POLICY ALLOWING CHILDREN TO VISIT THEIR MOTHERS IN JAIL SHOULD BE INSTITUTED, AND MORE FLEXIBLE VISITING HOURS INCLUDING EVENINGS AND SUNDAYS SHOULD BE ESTABLISHED. THE REPORT ALSO DISCUSSES THE VITAL ROLE PLAYED BY SEVERAL OUTSIDE PRIVATE SERVICE PROVIDERS AND RELEVANT CASE LAW. FOOTNOTES AND APPENDIXES ON JAIL RULES AND RELATED INFORMATION ARE INCLUDED. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED--PRG)
Index Term(s): Children of incarcerated offenders; Exercise facilities; Female inmates; Illinois; Inmate Programs; Inmate visits; Jails; Medical and dental services; Vocational training
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