CJO Event: A Presentation by Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart
The Criminal Justice Student Organization will be hosting a presentation by Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart. Sheriff Dart will discuss the intersection of mental illness/lack of treatment in jails and the overcrowding problems in the Cook County Jail. The issues of mental health and jails were recently addressed in a New York Times article describing the Cook County Jail as "the largest mental health center in America." As the article notes, in the United States, more than three times as many mentally ill people are housed in prisons and jails than are housed in hospitals; while incarcerated, mentally ill inmates are more likely to be victimized and are more likely to be punished for discplinary problems.
Please join the CJO in what promises to be an informative presentation about the challenges faced by Sheriff Dart and his staff in administering the Cook County Jail. The presentation will be:
Thursday February 20 at 5PM
111 E. Pearson
Beane Hall Room 1300