Inmate climbs atop air vent at Cook County Jail

A mentally ill inmate somehow climbed up on top of an air vent Friday morning at the Cook County Jail.

A mentally ill inmate somehow climbed up on top of an air vent Friday morning at the Cook County Jail.

Staff members were able to coax the man into climbing down a ladder to safety.

The Cook County Sheriff's office said this is just one example of the many challenges jail staff face when dealing with mentally ill inmates.

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