After dipping to 8,900 in 2011, the average annual jail population — primarily inmates awaiting trial — has been on the rise at Chicago's Cook County Jail. According to the Chicago Tribune the daily count is now frequently more than 10,000, the highest totals since 2007.
About 5 percent of detainees at the jail have been awaiting trial for more than two years, according to the sheriff’s office.
With that rise in population, Chicago has regained its spot, once held by Houston, as home of the most populous single-site jail in the country — and also effectively Illinois’ largest mental health facility.
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