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Ill. jail to hire 600 more officers and overhaul healthcare

More cameras to also be installed as sweeping reforms address decades of woes


By Natasha Korecki
Chicago Sun Times

CHICAGO — Federal and county authorities announced Thursday they've reached a sweeping deal to settle decades-old problems at Cook County Jail by hiring 600 more guards, overhauling medical and mental health care and hiring monitors who will report progress to a judge.

The deal comes after a federal inquiry into conditions at the jail exposed widespread trouble -- including inmates who attacked one another, unnecessary inmate deaths, unnecessary amputations, grossly inadequate medical and dental care as well as inmate beatings by prison guards.

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