by Maria Gaspar
The Cook County Jail in Chicago, located at 26th and California in the Little Village Community, is estimated to hold about 10,000 detainees on any given day and 100,000 per year. As a native of Little Village, I was interested in producing a story that reflects on what it means to live next to one of the largest pre-detention facilities in the country and how the jail, at times, is both visible and invisible to the local community.
Produced at Vocalo (90.7 FM) as part of Storytellers Workshop. Aired live with interview on the Barbershop Show hosted by WBEZ's Richard Steele and produced by Ayana Contreras, 4/26/13. Hear the interview at this link: vocalo.org/post/48966229505/barbershops?