CHICAGO — The Cook County Jail is no longer operating under federal oversight after more than 40 years.
The Cook County Sheriff’s Department announced Monday that a federal judge last week ruled that it made improvements set out in a 2010 agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice.
The jail had been under federal oversight since the 1970s because of overcrowding. The 2010 agreement stemmed from a federal investigation that found serious problems at the jail ranging from poor medical care and unsafe conditions to the use of excessive force by correctional officers.
The judge’s order comes after the sheriff’s department spent hundreds of millions of dollars on improvements the jail. The department built a 974-bed center that provides medical and mental health treatment, hired more correctional officers and installed 2,400 cameras.