The Cook County Jail is about 96 percent full and is on track to be jammed packed by the summer, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said.
spike in arrests, the time inmates spend in the jail while they await their case to go through the system, and a
decrease in inmates who use home electronic monitoring have contributed
to the high number of detainees, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Dart told the Sun-Times this will be a "humongous" problem for him in the upcoming summer months as the mercury and crime rates rise, adding that Cook County Chief Judge Tim Evans is partially to blame due to the decrease in inmates being sent home using electronic monitoring.
The Cook County Board's Legislative Committee is expected to address the overcrowding issue next week, according to the newspaper.