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Viral Photo Of Chicago Inmates Working In Frigid Cold Sparks Anger

Photo Credit: La Villita, Chicago Facebook

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Viral Photo Of Chicago Inmates Working In Frigid Cold Sparks Anger

Viral Photo Of Chicago Inmates Working In Frigid Cold Sparks Anger

Social media is outraged over a photo showing a bunch of inmates shoveling snow outside a Chicago jail in just their uniforms, as the city deals with record-breaking low temperatures that have already killed people!

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The picture which has now gone viral was first posted on Monday by “La Villita, Chicago,” a Facebook page for the city’s Little Village neighborhood. The photo shows six inmates in orange jumpsuits cleaning up snow in front of the Cook County Jail, the country’s largest single-site jail, with the caption, “They got the inmates cleaning with no real winter gear.” After many social media users tweeted how unacceptable this was, Sheriff’s spokeswoman Cara Smith spoke out and told the HuffPost that the photo mischaracterizes the situation.

She explained that the inmates who were out shoveling were a part of Renew, the county’s vocational program in which inmates are paid to learn skills that could help them get a job. Although they’re only paid $2 for their labor, according to Chicago community bond fund, Smith said the inmates were happy to help clear the snow Monday during a staff shortage. She also added that the inmates in the photo were wearing “highly-insulated jumpsuits, gloves, mittens and insulated boots,” and the men also rotated in and out of warming vans every 20 minutes.

Chicago will be expecting brutal weather this week. Officials have warned Chicago residents, accustomed to chilling winters, to expect an unusually deep and dangerous freeze. Chicago authorities also ordered schools in the city to be shut on Wednesday due to the freezing temps in the area.

As we reported, Chicago is expected to see a high of 12 below zero on Wednesday. It will be colder than some of the most frigid places on earth. National Weather Service meteorologist Amy Seeley today residents that “If you don’t have to be outside, don’t.”

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