Lawsuit after computer crash extends Cook County jail sentences

By Amalia Oulahan

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In early October, Cook County jail launched a new digital system, IMACS, for keeping track of its detainees’ comings and goings. Before that, the old computer system had not been overhauled since its installation – in 1978. That system crashed three times in the year before it was replaced, according to a jail spokesperson Steve Patterson.

Five Chicago area men filed a lawsuit against Cook County Sheriff
Tom Dart and the county after this computer glitch forced them to be
detained several days after their authorized release dates. Read more about their case.


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