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Rev. Jackson goes to Cook County Jail with a social justice agenda for detainees

December 23, 2019

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, December 23, 2019

 

Rev. Jackson goes to Cook County Jail with a social justice agenda for detainees
Will bond out some for Christmas

 

Chicago:  In the spirit of Christmas and a continued push for social justice for the downtrodden, Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. is going to Cook County Jail 10 a.m. on Christmas day to bond out some detainees, register others to vote and to call for computer donations.

 

“For those in jail with low bonds, we will bail them out,” said Rev. Jackson. “Some will be let out on their personal recognizance but others don’t want to leave because they have no place to go. For some, jail is a homeless shelter; others are mentally challenged sitting around all day long on medicine.”

 

Rev. Jackson and his staff will register those detainees who have not been convicted, and he is reaching out to tech companies to donate computers so when they are released they will have some technical skills.

 

Currently, the Cook County Jail population is 5,593 with 92.9% being males, 7% women, 6.9%, .3% transgender; 5.4%, or 302, self-identified as homeless and 39.1%, 2,187, who have a diagnosed mental illness or 37 percent, according to a Cook County Jail spokesperson.

 

Rev. Jackson will meet with the detainees at 10 a.m. in Division 4. The media are to enter at Post 4, 2800 S. Sacramento Ave.

 

The Cook County Jail staff will escort the press to the Division 4 gymnasium. Media access will begin at 9:45 a.m. for set-up and extend until the conclusion of Rev. Jackson’s Christmas program.

 

Please RSVP by replying to ccso.communications@cookcountyil.gov. Security restrictions require that media members present both a valid government-issued ID and employer-issued media credentials, such as an ID badge or similar item. Entry to the jail cannot be permitted without these two items.

 

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Media Contacts:
Chinta Strausberg
cstrausberg@rainbowpush.org
Alanna Ford
aford@rainbowpush.org

 

Rainbow PUSH Coalition is a multi-racial, multi-issue, progressive, international organization that was formed in December 1996 by the Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. through merging of two organizations he founded Operation PUSH People United to Serve Humanity (estab. 1971) and the Rainbow Coalition (estab. 1984). With headquarters in Chicago and offices in Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and Oakland, the organization works to make the American Dream a reality for all citizens while advocating for peace and justice around the world. RPC is dedicated to improving the lives of all people by serving as a voice for the voiceless. Its mission is to protect, defend and gain civil rights by leveling the economic and educational playing fields while promoting peace and justice around the world.