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Cook County Jail: The Visible and Invisible

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 for the Vocalo Storytellers Workshop (90.7FM) by artist, Maria Gaspar and contributed to the 96ACRES Project.

Interview With Jennifer Gonzalez, Girlfriend Of A County Jail Detainee

Interview With Jennifer Gonzalez, Girlfriend Of A County Jail Inmate. Interview conducted by Hugo Antunez for 96 Acres. Audio produced by Vocalo's Ayana Contreras.

Interview With Carlos, Former County Jail Detainee

Interviews with Darryl Jones and Juan Rodriguez. Darryl was an Assistant State's Attorney based at the jail, and Juan Rodriguez has run a food truck outside the jail for over 30 years. Interview conducted by Amanda Cortes for 96 Acres. Audio produced by Vocalo's Ayana Contreras with production support from Luis Antonio Perez.

Bad Company

Produced by youth, Vetiveah and Angelica and in collaboration with Emmanuel Camacho's documentary class at Yollocalli Arts Reach located in Little Village, Chicago. A contribution to the 96ACRES Project.

Perla's Story

A radio piece by Perla, a high school student at the Rudy Lozano Leadership Academy as part of larger social justice curriculum, with guidance from her Teacher, Miguel Guevara (artist, history teacher, and community activist). A contribution to the 96ACRES project.

15 seconds of Fame by Matthew Silva

"I did an art piece titled "15 sec" it was a little screen print sticker of a image of my little cousin being shot. The sticker was place on side walks of Little Village. So this represented how a community could look passed, forget or be idle to violence in the neighborhood. The title came from the phrase "he/she had their 15 minutes of fame". Produced for the Vocalo Storytellers Workshop (90.7FM) by artist, Matthew Silva and contributed to the 96ACRES Project.