A lawsuit by the MacArthur Justice Center at Northwestern University states how violence is so pervasive in the Cook County Jail. Rumors about correctional officers taking inmates on "elevator rides" which means a place where they can get the inmates away from the security cameras so that they can be beaten. 

All these allegations come from more than 90 inmates who swore to tell the truth of what really happens in the jail. One inmate said that he was beaten by handcuffs when an officer used them as bronze knuckles. 

Of course the Sheriff, Tom Dart, was not happy with these allegations calling them lies and just a "fictitious novel." Dart adds how at the end of the day, taxpayers are the people who are being hurt because it is their money that is being used to defend themselves from a lawsuit.

Source: Chicago Tribune