Shuttered Joliet jail could house NATO offenders

CHICAGO (AP) -- A shuttered Joliet prison once featured in the 1980 film "The Blues Brothers" might serve as a temporary detention facility for those arrested during the NATO summit next month.

Thousands of demonstrators are expected to descend on Chicago to protest the summit that will bring President Barack Obama and the leaders of more than 50 nations to McCormick Place.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported in its Sunday edition (http://bit.ly/Iczidm ), that Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart is considering the former Joliet Correctional Center as an option for NATO protestors arrested for serious offenses.

The viability of the closed prison as a functional detention facility hasn't been determined.

The Sun-Times reports that police officials are investigating whether or not the prison has electricity or running water.

No final decisions have been made.


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