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Peter van Agtmael USA. Chicago. 2011. Cook County Sheriffs peer into an abandoned house they were planning to forcibly evict. © Peter van Agtmael | Magnum Photos
Peter van Agtmael Sheriff of Cook County Tom Dart in his office in Chicago. Dart came to prominence in 2008 when he froze all foreclosure evictions in Cook County and was later named on of Time's people of the year (...)
Peter van Agtmael Sheriff of Cook County Tom Dart in an evicted home in a Chicago suburb. Chicago. USA. 2011. © Peter van Agtmael | Magnum Photos
Peter van Agtmael Cook County Sheriffs search an abandoned house they were planning to forcibly evict. Chicago, USA. 2011. © Peter van Agtmael | Magnum Photos
Peter van Agtmael USA. Chicago. 2011. Cook County Sheriffs search an abandoned house they were planning to forcibly evict. © Peter van Agtmael | Magnum Photos
Peter van Agtmael USA. Chicago. 2011. Cook County Sheriffs search an abandoned house they were planning to forcibly evict. © Peter van Agtmael | Magnum Photos
Peter van Agtmael USA. Chicago. 2011. A receiver crew from Safeguard Properties, waits outside while a house is evicted by the Cook County Sheriff's Department. © Peter van Agtmael | Magnum Photos
Peter van Agtmael USA. Chicago. 2011. Todd Gonzalez, a receiver for Safeguard Properties, documents the mess and damage to the home in the wake of an eviction by the Cook County Sheriff's Department. © Peter van Agtmael | Magnum Photos
Peter van Agtmael USA. Chicago. 2011. Todd Gonzalez, a receiver for Safeguard Properties, documents the mess and damage to the home in the wake of an eviction by the Cook County Sheriff's Department. © Peter van Agtmael | Magnum Photos
Peter van Agtmael USA. Chicago. 2011. Cook County Sheriff's prepare for an eviction in the Chicago suburbs. © Peter van Agtmael | Magnum Photos
Peter van Agtmael Cook County Sheriff's during an eviction in the Chicago suburbs. Chicago, USA. 2011. © Peter van Agtmael | Magnum Photos
Peter van Agtmael Anthony Smith, 18, complains to Sheriff Tom Dart about his treatment in jail. Dart, sheriff of Cook County, came to prominence in 2008 when he froze all foreclosure evictions in Cook County and wa (...)
Peter van Agtmael USA. Chicago. 2011. A social worker during an eviction in the Chicago suburbs. © Peter van Agtmael | Magnum Photos
Peter van Agtmael Sheriff of Cook County Tom Dart drops his two young daughters off at school before heading to his office in the Cook County Jail system. Chicago, USA. 2011. © Peter van Agtmael | Magnum Photos
Peter van Agtmael USA. Chicago. 2011. Sheriff of Cook County Tom Dart drops his two young daughters off at school before heading to his office in the Cook County Jail system. Dart came to prominence in 2008 when he (...)
Peter van Agtmael Sheriff Tom Dart talks with prisoners about their treatment, their needs, and their legal options with some of their Pending cases. Dart, sheriff of Cook County came to prominence in 2008 when he (...)
Peter van Agtmael USA. Chicago. 2011. Anthony Smith, a prisoner in the Cook County Jail system, complains to Sheriff Tom Dart about his treatment and sentence. © Peter van Agtmael | Magnum Photos
Peter van Agtmael Sheriff Tom Dart talks with corrections officers and a prisoner who tried to escape from police custody. Dart, sheriff of Cook County came to prominence in 2008 when he froze all foreclosure evict (...)
Peter van Agtmael USA. Chicago. 2011. A view of the Cook County Jail System, one of the biggest in the USA. © Peter van Agtmael | Magnum Photos
Peter van Agtmael USA. Chicago. 2011. Anthony Smith, a prisoner in the Cook County Jail system, complains to Sheriff Tom Dart about his treatment and sentence. © Peter van Agtmael | Magnum Photos
Peter van Agtmael Anthony Smith, a prisoner in the Cook County Jail system, complains to Sheriff Tom Dart about his treatment and sentence. Chicago, USA. 2011. © Peter van Agtmael | Magnum Photos
Peter van Agtmael 2011. USA. Chicago. Anthony Smith, a prisoner in the Cook County Jail system, complains to Sheriff Tom Dart about his treatment and sentence. © Peter van Agtmael | Magnum Photos
Peter van Agtmael USA. Chicago. 2011. A Corrections Officer forcibly restrains an unruly prisoner who was screaming and claiming abuse by the officer. © Peter van Agtmael | Magnum Photos
Peter van Agtmael USA. Chicago. 2011. An employee of the Cook County jail system. © Peter van Agtmael | Magnum Photos
Peter van Agtmael 2011. USA. Chicago. A prisoner in the Cook County Jail system. © Peter van Agtmael | Magnum Photos
Peter van Agtmael Sandwiches for prisoners in the Cook County jail system. Chicago, USA. 2011. © Peter van Agtmael | Magnum Photos
Peter van Agtmael A Corrections Officer forcibly restrains an unruly prisoner who was screaming and claiming abuse by the officer. Chicago, USA. 2011. © Peter van Agtmael | Magnum Photos
Peter van Agtmael USA. Chicago. 2011. A Corrections Officer forcibly restrains an unruly prisoner who was screaming and claiming abuse by the officer. © Peter van Agtmael | Magnum Photos
Peter van Agtmael USA. Chicago. 2011. A Corrections Officer leads a prisoner who had tried to escape to a holding cell. The man was cut and bruised and claimed he had been beaten by officers after he tried to escape. © Peter van Agtmael | Magnum Photos
Peter van Agtmael USA. Chicago. 2011. A Corrections Officer leads a prisoner who had tried to escape to a holding cell. The man was cut and bruised and claimed he had been beaten by officers after he tried to escape. © Peter van Agtmael | Magnum Photos
Peter van Agtmael USA. Chicago. 2011. A Corrections Officer forcibly restrains an unruly prisoner who was screaming and claiming abuse by the officer. © Peter van Agtmael | Magnum Photos
Peter van Agtmael A prisoner who tried to escape from a Cook County Jail poses for a potrait after he was caught . He was cut and bruised and claimed he had been beaten by officers after he tried to escape. Chicago, (...)
Peter van Agtmael USA. Chicago. 2011. A Corrections Officer leads a prisoner who had tried to escape to a holding cell. The man was cut and bruised and claimed he had been beaten by officers after he tried to escape. © Peter van Agtmael | Magnum Photos
Peter van Agtmael A Corrections Officer in the Cook County Jail. Chicago, USA. 2011. © Peter van Agtmael | Magnum Photos