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How Chicago Insures Prisoners Will Return to Jail

Chicago Community Jail Support
@ChiCommunityJS
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from our Monday shift volunteers:

We're here to talk about the Cook County Jail release schedule on 6/20/22 to hold the jail accountable for how disorganized and dangerous it was. Their behavior was cruel and unacceptable.
(1/12)
Chicago Community Jail Support
@ChiCommunityJS
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19h
As witnessed on Monday June 20th:

At 5:30pm, people waiting for their loved ones to be released told us that the jail was already far behind schedule. The jail had told them that releases may begin as early as 10 am. they did not.
(2/12)
Chicago Community Jail Support
@ChiCommunityJS
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19h
Loved ones of those arrested had been in cars since 9am. They told us that there had been no releases yet that day

During our first 3 hours outside the jail only 4 people were released.
(3/12)
Chicago Community Jail Support
@ChiCommunityJS
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19h
At 8pm we began to break down for the night and planned to stay for just a bit longer to see if there were any releases on the hour. Less than five minutes after the tent was down, signaling our intention to depart, a large group of people were released
(4/12)
Chicago Community Jail Support
@ChiCommunityJS
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19h
Despite CCJ being legally required to provide phone calls and bus passes, the people released informed us that the jail had denied their requests for phone calls and directions and that CCJ employees refused to write directions down for people with long journeys home
(5/12)
Chicago Community Jail Support
@ChiCommunityJS
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19h
While helping with directions, we discovered that necessary bus routes including the California bus that stops directly outside the jail had been suspended without notice. No more buses were coming that night.
(6/12)
Chicago Community Jail Support
@ChiCommunityJS
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19h
The few people who were provided bus cards had not been informed of the CTA service interruptions. Nobody who was released on Monday was able to board the California bus, the only route that would take them to the L train a mile away
(7/12)
Chicago Community Jail Support
@ChiCommunityJS
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19h
After 8PM, a constant stream of people were released. They had been denied phone calls, bus cards, or appropriate replacements for clothing taken by the jail. Their phones and wallets with ID and payment cards were still in the custody of their arresting police stations
(8/12)
Chicago Community Jail Support
@ChiCommunityJS
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19h
without support they would have had no way to look up directions, check delays, or contact loved ones to come get them.
Have you ever been stranded in Chicago at 11 PM with no way home?
(9/12)

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19h

CCJ continued to release people late, most people released after 11 PM had no way to get home, many had told CCJ employees that they were without a ride/place to go/ability to get their belongings & had still been denied the calls/bus cards that CCJ is required to provide (10/12)

Chicago Community Jail Support

@ChiCommunityJS

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19h

We stayed until past midnight and into Tuesday. By 12:30, no one had been released for a half hour - loved ones of the last few people scheduled for release still waited in their cars; 12 hours after they had arrived (11/12)

Chicago Community Jail Support

@ChiCommunityJS

That Monday - our volunteers, people released, their loved ones - THIS community all rallied to navigate the impact of the jail's wanton neglect and empty communication. We worked together to make sure everyone got the supplies they needed, then got home safe. (12/12)

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