Cook inmates moved from Kankakee

May 22, 2019

KANKAKEE — Kankakee County’s jails have been booking more local and out-of-county inmates, so something had to give.

Because the county’s duty is to hold local inmates, it decided to move the 15 inmates from Cook County back to that jurisdiction, Sheriff Mike Downey told a county oversight committee last week.

The number of Cook County inmates is small compared with the hundreds who are in the local lockups from the U.S. Marshals Service and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

This year, the local jails were seeing an average 20 more inmates and 40 more out-of-county inmates than usual, Downey said.

On May 2, the Cook County inmates were moved out.

“Our relationship with Cook County is still good,” Downey told the committee. “They understand our plight with our local number. They would still be willing to house individuals here because of our location and how we handle their inmates.”

The county makes up to $1 million per month with its out-of-county contracts. Officials say that money has helped the county make ends meet.

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