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Cook County Jail wrestles with heating problems

Updated: November 26, 2013 9:07AM



Problems with the heating system at the Cook County Jail have forced staff to move a number of inmates into warmer areas and hand out extra blankets.

“The engineers have been working around the clock to correct the problem,” Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart tweeted Monday afternoon.

Heating issues arose Saturday in two jail divisions, although by Tuesday morning, the problem had been confined to a single tier in one female division, said Cara Smith, Dart’s chief police advisor.

“There were fewer than 10 female inmates moved from one tier in Division Four,” Smith said.

Smith said heating and cooling issues are a fact of life in aging facilities, some of which are 100 years old.

“We provide extra blankets and do whatever else we need to do to make sure detainees are comfortable,” Smith said.



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