Illinois Delays End of Prison Gerrymandering By a Decade
A hard-fought reform will stop the state from distorting political power. But it won’t take effect for a long time.
Daniel Nichanian Feb 23, 2021
Why a Suburban Illinois Prosecutor Candidate Is Drawing Inspiration From Protests
This DeKalb County attorney says that fighting mass incarceration will make people safer than President Trump’s “law and order” messaging.
Daniel Nichanian Sep 09, 2020
Kim Foxx Defeats Three Challengers in Re-Election Bid as Chicago’s Chief Prosecutor
Foxx claimed a mandate for criminal justice reform after securing the Democratic nomination in Cook County tonight. She will be favored in the general election.
Mari Cohen Mar 18, 2020
Courts Set Policy, and a Judicial Candidate in Illinois Wants to Finally Talk About It
“In some cases we need the Illinois Supreme Court to use its policy making powers to make criminal justice reform real,” said Daniel Epstein, a candidate in Tuesday’s election.
Kyle C. Barry Mar 12, 2020
As Illinois Votes for Its Prosecutors, Defense Attorneys Say to Not “Just Go with the Flow”
We preview the 2020 races for prosecutor in the biggest Illinois counties, starting with the high-stakes election in Cook County (Chicago).
Daniel Nichanian Dec 12, 2019
Illinois Bans ICE Program. But This Reform Is Not Yet Taking Off Elsewhere.
Illinois prohibition against 287(g) contracts comes two years after California’s ban.
Daniel Nichanian Sep 05, 2019
Legalized Pot, Reduced Sentences: Three States Reform Their Drug Laws
Illinois is set to legalize marijuana, while Colorado and Oklahoma tackled possession of other drugs.
Daniel Nichanian Jun 06, 2019
Advocates Press States to Recognize that Young Adults Can Change Too
Illinois law uses a cutoff age of 21. Advocates ask, why should people be cut off from the logic of having a separate youth justice system because they are a day over 18?
Daniel Nichanian Apr 25, 2019
Prosecutors Announce New Marijuana Policy in Illinois, Maryland, and Missouri
In St. Louis, Chicago, and Baltimore, prosecutors have announced a policy of not prosecuting marijuana possession or have launched a new expungement program.
Daniel Nichanian Feb 07, 2019
Advocates Make Case for How Marijuana Legalization Should Tackle Equity
State advocates demand that politicians be more attentive to confronting the harm that marijuana prohibition has caused.
Daniel Nichanian Jan 25, 2019