April 29, 2020: Documents recently released by the Cook County Sheriff's Office reveal numerous incidents of prisoner-led protest and rebellion against guards and staff in the midst of the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak at the facility. As of May 6, more than 500 detainees at the
April 15, 2017: On April 15th, inmates in the super-max wing of Cook County Jail light a wick using a microwave and set fire to a pile of uniforms meant to designate them as inmates who engage in sexual misconduct. Smoke from the fire causes the unit to be evacuated and four
Menard Correctional Center, Chester, Illinois September 23, 2015 A group of prisoners relaunched their initial hunger strike of January, 2014, claiming that the administration had not done anything to address their grievances. On the first day of the strike, about 25 people
March 24, 2015: According to the correctional officers union, seventeen inmates at the juvenile detention center smashed out windows at the facility and threatened one correctional officer with shards of glass.
January 15-27 , 2014: After the shutdown of Tamms, Illinois supermax facility, long term solitary confinement prisoners are transferred to Menard Correctional, one of the state's oldest and least maintained facilities. About 15 of these prisoners launch a hunger strike to