12/20/2013 1:18:00 PM Cook County inmates are
tearing down vacant buildings
CHICAGO (AP) — Cook County is using jail inmates to tear down abandoned buildings in areas hit hard by foreclosures.
Inmate work crews will dismantle vacant buildings in distressed communities in the county. An abandoned home in Ford Heights is in the process of being torn down by inmates sentenced to the sheriff’s boot camp.
Ford Heights and nearby communities have the highest foreclosure rates in Cook County.
It’s called the Neighborhood Restoration initiative, and it’s one of a number of unusual programs that Dart has pushed. Others include helping inmates learn to play chess and to garden.