Before you come down on Tom Dart, Mr. Fitzgerald get a reality check on the Cook County situation, out Sheriff has been dealing with.
Tom Dart, Cook County Sheriff, has had to deal with budget cuts each and every year. Thanks to Todd Stroger, President of Cook County. Tom Dart is forced to deal with a smaller budget and staff. This in combination with the Cook County (CC) Prosecutor cuts. Due to less prosecutors, as well as public defenders, as CC State's attorney Dick Devine well knows, it is taking longer for cases to come to trial, thus longer stays at CC Jail. Tom Dart has eliminated putting many in jail overnight to alleviate the problem by letting them post bond at other CC facilities, to keep them out of the already busting at the seams CC Jail. This is due mostly to prosecutor and defense attorney cuts, as well as cuts in the CC correctional facilities.
I think Tom Dart is doing an exceptional job considering all he has had fall in his lap, thanks again to Todd Stroger, and Daddy Stroger before him.
Tom Dart has also had to put up with public attacks from CC President Stroger, and has fought the good fight with him all the time. Now that Dick Devine, the other Stroger nemesis, will not be running for CC State's Attorney again, that leaves Tom Dart to battle the Todd by himself.
This is totally unfair to Tom Dart, Mr. Fitzgerald, aren't there enough people in this state to go after? When are the rest of Public official A through whatever you are up to now going to trial? Remember, Cellini, Kelly, and all the rest? Isn't Stuart Levine still cooperating, you know snitching? Or is he not believable since he admitted a drug problem in the Rezko trial? Leave Tom Dart alone, he is doing a fantastic wonderful job considering all he has to deal with. Could anyone do better? Mr. Fitzgerald, before you go after Tom Dart, could you do as good of a job as he has? If you think so, run for CC Sheriff next election.
First off we should not have Todd as CC President. When John Stroger, then CC President, Daddy of Todd, fell ill, yes a Public employee in charge of the second most populous County in this Country, they told one lie after another about his condition. This was wrong, and during an election for CC President. Doctor's treating John Stroger would enter in and out of the Hospital alleys to avoid the press, until the press got smart to that. Then these Physicians had the deer in headlights look when they were caught by reporters as they left the service elevators in the alley. The Stroger camp continuously lied to the public about John Stroger's condition until after all deadlines had passed to enter the race as a candidate for CC President, then John Stroger could barely made some type of illegible scribble on his resignation. OK, did someone hold a pen in John Stroger's hand and move the paper? Did John Stroger have any idea what so possibly ever what he was signing? Then they put the Toddler in for the candidate for CC President. Then Bill Beavers left his City of Chicago Alderman post, to be anointed the CC Commissioner post that Daddy Stroger left. Of course Bill Beavers had to anoints his Daughter Darcel to his Aldermatic post. Then there was Bobbie Steele who became interim CC President, only to wait until after the elections to anoints her son Robert to her CC Commissioner post........OK. But summing it all up, all of this highly questionable and barely legal activities ran amok, and Mr. Fitzgerald did nothing........but now he is like a mad dog going after Tom Dart. Tom Dart, yes, Tom Dart, he is after Tom Dart, so many can not believe, Tom Dart. sigh
Then after Todd Stroger became CC President, reporters asked him what his Dad thought.....Todd gave the Todd smirk and shrug and could not answer.
I still can't believe, he is attacking Tom Dart? With all the people in Government, City, County positions in this City, County and State to go after.......Tom Dart? sigh The US Attorney's office has a whole alphabet of suspects in many, many pages to go after, and they go after Tom Dart? sigh
Tom Dart, you have more people on your side, and who support you more than you could ever possibly imagine, and feel badly, and really saddened by this attack by the US Attorney.
Tom Dart is getting blamed for poor medical and dental care at the Jail. This was all part of the Bureau of Health cuts that Tom Dart fought tooth and nail. The report was given by the US Attorney's office was so unfair in so many ways, and did not take into consideration that Tom Dart accomplished so much during his tenure as Sheriff, and that he is not a miracle worker. Given the many multitudes of obstacles and obstinate CC President, Tom Dart appeared to be a miracle worker, that is until the US Attorney's office attacked him so unnecessarily and relentlessly.sigh With so many letters of the alphabet to go through, the US Attorney had to go after Tom Dart. sigh
Wouldn't it make more sense to go full steam ahead on Todd Stroger instead? Tom Dart has inherited a multitude of problems left over from the last Stroger rein, and he has an done an exemplary job, and not only that but with all the additional problems brought on with this current Stroger regime.
Many fear that if Alvarez wins the CC State's Attorney next election she won't be strong enough to go up against Stroger, here's were there we know that Tony Peraica should he win against her will live to call Stroger out on everything. Tony Peraica winning the CC State's Attorney will be the biggest nightmare for Todd Stroger, Lance Tyson, and all the cohorts.
Yes, there is problems at CC Jail, lot's of them, but Tom Dart is doing the very best he can, given all he has inherited, all the budgetary restrictions, all the opposition from Stroger & cohorts, and now he is being attacked by the US Attorney's office.sigh
Federal investigation rips Cook County Jail
July 17, 2008
BY Mike Robinson The Associated Press
A 17-month federal investigation has found numerous abuses at the nation's largest single-site county jail, including a failure to protect prisoners from being harmed by other inmates and staff, officials said today.
Cook County Jail inmates were not only unprotected from excessive force by staff and violence from fellow prisoners but the jail failed to provide adequate medical and mental health care, fire prevention and sanitation, the investigation found.
"The Cook County Jail has an obligation to provide conditions of confinement that do not offend the Constitution and take reasonable measures to protect inmates from harm," U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald said. "The investigation clearly found that the jail failed that test."
Fitzgerald planned a news conference to discuss findings outlined in a 98-page Justice Department letter detailing the alleged abuses. It was given to Cook County Board President Todd Stroger and Sheriff Tom Dart a week ago, federal officials said.
Telephone messages seeking comment were left Thursday for Stroger and Dart.
While it found many faults with the jail, the letter commended jail staff for cooperating during the civil investigation.
The Cook County Jail sits on 96 acres on Chicago's West Side and has a daily population of about 9,800 male and female inmates, most awaiting trial in the state's criminal court system, making it the nation's largest single-site county jail, federal officials said.
Federal officials said inmate violence in 2006 resulted in the death of two prisoners. They said that in one week in March 2007, the jail documented 35 inmate fights and the use of force to stop them was required in 27 instances. Guards confiscated 46 weapons from inmates.
The report said inmates are regularly subjected to inappropriate and excessive use of physical force. The investigation found such force has sometimes been used after the inmates already were restrained.