Odds and Ends: Ill. sheriff gets new outlook after offering to go to jail

By The Associated Press

WAUKEGAN, Ill. – The Lake County sheriff is behind bars – voluntarily.

Sheriff Mark Curran said his goal is to talk to inmates so he can see the jail from their perspective. That way he can try to solve potential problems, such as safety issues, and better understand the inmate experience, he said.

Real inmates bunk together, but Curran will sleep in his own cell. He was locked up Wednesday.

“I want some introspection but let’s be realistic. I’m never going to be able to completely create that scenario,” Curran told The Associated Press by telephone from jail.

Curran said he’s also trying to draw attention to the fact that jails are overpopulated with the mentally ill, the uneducated and repeat offenders. Rehabilitation needs to be a focus, he said.

So far Curran said he has met several inmates, not all of whom appeared to realize he was sheriff.

Unlike the other inmates, Curran gets to leave on a date he chooses: Aug. 27.

Police arrest woman for failing to pay library fines

GRAFTON, Wis. – A Grafton woman has been arrested and booked for failing to pay her library fines.

Twenty-year-old Heidi Dalibor told the News Graphic in Cedarburg she ignored the library’s calls and letters as well as a notice to appear in court.

Still, she was surprised when officers with a warrant knocked on her door, cuffed her and took her to the police station to be fingerprinted and photographed.

Police Capt. Joe Gabrish says officers follow the same procedure with every warrant.

Library director John Hanson says a couple of dozen people are cited each year for failure to return materials or pay fines.

The incident cost Dalibor about $30 for the overdue paperbacks “White Oleander” and “Angels and Demons” and her mother nearly $172 to get her out of custody.