County Jail Plans to Hire 600 New Guards

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    Two women walk toward a visitor's entrance of a maximum security detention area of the Cook County jail February 12, 2006 in Chicago, Illinois.

    The Cook County Board has approved a plan to hire more than 600 new guards for the Cook County Jail.

    Under the plan approved Tuesday, the new guards would be hired by early next year.

    The hiring push comes about 18 months after the U.S. Justice Department released a scathing report on conditions at the Cook County Jail. County officials say it's part of an overall plan to end federal court supervision of the jail in two to four years.

    Daniel Gallagher, an attorney for Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart says the 60-page plan is being submitted to the Justice Department in hopes that it will be filed as an agreement in federal court.