Cook County Jail is famous for a couple of things – being the largest maximum security prison in The States and being the set of last century’s musical Chicago, the movie adaptation of the musical from 2002 and occasionally for the crime drama TV series Chicago Fire.
Thus, it comes to no surprise that being trapped in it for more than 30 hours isn’t a dreamy weekend at all. An unnamed man had to undergo one such weekend in the jail shortly after he visited his son, who was imprisoned on drug-related charges. The man entered the visiting room and somehow the doors snapped shut behind him living him imprisoned for nearly 31 hours. Thanks to the concrete doors his cries for help weren’t heard by any of the passer-byes. The man managed to break a sprinkler head in the visiting room, thus, alerting the fire department in the area. Up until the firefighters turned up the prison’s staff didn’t have the slightest idea about the newest “imprisonment”.
According to the jail’s director, the man was gracious and relieved to get out.