Sheriff Tom Dart has lived a life dedicated to effecting change, protecting the unprotected and fighting for social justice.
After serving the community as a prosecutor and state legislator, Sheriff Dart decided to run for Cook County Sheriff in 2006 on a promise of using this incredible platform to advocate on behalf of the most vulnerable and neglected communities among us. In the ensuing nine years, he has fulfilled that promise by enacting meaningful social justice reforms and rewritten the book on what a Sheriff can accomplish.
In particular, Sheriff Dart’s restorative justice vision has reduced the number of non-violent offenders detained at Cook County Jail – the largest in the nation – while spreading awareness nationally of the ongoing criminalization of mental illness. In 2015, he worked to enact the Rocket Docket into law, which has resulted in the faster disposition of retail theft and criminal trespassing cases through the system.
In 2009, TIME Magazine named Sheriff Dart one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World, thanks to his groundbreaking efforts.
He and his wife Patricia live on Chicago’s South Side and are the proud parents of five young children
At the Cook County Department of Corrections, the Sheriff oversees a population of over 12,000 that includes inmates both housed on-site and ordered to alternative programs such as electronic monitoring.
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