County Jail takes you deep inside some of the toughest jails in America. In this series, we take you to jails in Miami, Las Vegas, and Oakland, where inmates are facing life, or, sometimes, death. It's a world where guilt and innocence hang in the balance – breeding tension, desperation, and the never-ending threat of violence.
Runtime: 60 minutes
County Jail - Cook County Jail - Netflix
The Cook County Jail, located on 96 acres (39 hectares) in Cook County, Illinois, is the largest single site jail in the United States. Located at 2700 South California Avenue in the city of Chicago, it houses about 6500 prisoners and employs 3900 law enforcement officials and 7000 civilian employees. The jail has held several well-known and infamous criminals, including Tony Accardo, Frank Nitti, Larry Hoover, Jeff Fort, Richard Speck, John Wayne Gacy and the Chicago Seven. It was one of three sites in which executions were carried out by electrocution in Illinois. Between 1928 and 1962, the electric chair was used 67 times at the jail, including the state's last electrocution of James Duke on August 24, 1962. The state's other electrocutions were carried out at the Stateville Correctional Center in Crest Hill and at the Menard Correctional Center in Chester.
County Jail - In popular culture - Netflix
The Cook County jail was the setting used for the musical Chicago, as well as its 2002 film adaptation. It has also been in segments of TV series including Chicago Fire and Better Call Saul. B.B. King's Live in Cook County Jail album features a live recording of a concert that he performed for the jail's inmates on September 10, 1970. A live album Concert: Friday the 13th - Cook County Jail featuring performances by jazz musicians Jimmy McGriff and Lucky Thompson was released on the Groove Merchant label in 1973) The song “My Long Walk to Jail” on Filter's 2002 album The Amalgamut includes a sample of an incoming call from Cook County Jail. The Cook County Prison was referenced to by Elwood Blues (Dan Aykroyd) in the film The Blues Brothers as serving oatmeal to inmates.
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