Mar 16, 2020
CHICAGO (AP) — Sirjerathan Wilson never thought it was worth the trouble to vote and never had. But inside Cook County Jail, Wilson sees it differently: voting is a chance to remind himself that his opinion matters and to show his family that he’s doing more than just letting one day bleed into the next.
“I felt good,” said Wilson, 28, who has been locked up on gun charges for seven months. “I felt like I was doing something right.”
Wilson is among over 1,200 detainees at the county lockup in Chicago doing something new in Illinois and, except for one small pilot at a women’s jail in California, something that may never have been undertaken in any jail in the United States. They are casting their ballots in a polling place set up right inside the jail.