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In various offices across two decades, Mayor Lightfoot has failed to bring change to the Chicago Police Department.
Prosecutors across the country have begun declining low-level cases in an effort to reduce racial inequity and to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In many of America’s major cities, the early efforts to reduce incarceration during the pandemic have been reversed.
The move is part of a broader criminal justice reform bill that also ends prison gerrymandering, and mandates body cameras for all police departments.
When election and racial justice protests rocked the city, Lori Lightfoot used raised bridges and shutdown public transportation as crowd control measures, which harmed the city’s workers.
The proposed legislation would expand the city’s public mental healthcare system using funds reallocated from the police budget.
White voices and victims dominate the genre, which can skew the perception of what constitutes a crime.
President Trump and the DOJ are funding federal policing programs in cities like Detroit, Chicago, and Baltimore, but advocates say they’re unnecessary, harmful, and ineffective.
In difficult moments like this, we can’t let bad faith attacks set our community back. What our families need are resources and investment, not more police on the streets.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot has hampered the process of installing a police oversight council, activists say, despite making it a major part of her public safety platform during her mayoral run.
Advocates question why Chicago judges continued to order people to home detention instead of releasing them on their own recognizance.
Prisoners say the jail, which has seen more than 800 confirmed cases, is a ‘death trap’ plagued by sanitary issues and a lack of testing. Their testimonies stand at stark odds with the sheriff’s office, which says it is keeping ‘staff and detainees as safe as possible.’
As infections and deaths mount, state leaders and law enforcement are turning to tough-on-crime tactics in the face of the COVID-19 outbreak.
With one term under her belt as Chicago's top prosecutor, Foxx says she has more work to do to right a system that has been "unfair, and totally unjust."
The former mayor issued a city resolution honoring officers for their ‘bravery’ in a shooting that paralyzed Tarance Etheredge, who will receive a payout from a civil rights lawsuit.
According to a complaint, police in Oak Lawn, a suburb of Chicago, subjected Tylus Allen Jr. to invasive searches, all of which turned up nothing.
The mayors of New York, Chicago, and San Francisco wrap themselves in the language of progressivism, but when it comes to the criminal legal system they’re Trumpian.
Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx is partnering with a technology nonprofit to expunge tens of thousands of minor marijuana convictions. Other jurisdictions could follow.
How high or low bond is isn’t a measure of how severe the state considers a crime.
Adam H. Johnson
Children as young as 4 years old are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder as a result, the complaints say.
A new report shows that a progressive approach, like the one advanced by Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, can help decrease jail populations—and crime.
Outlets ran over 200 articles covering the vandalism. The outsize attention will likely damage young lives.
Many jurisdictions across the country use video instead of holding bail hearings in person, a practice that often leads to dire consequences.
Chicago hands out millions in settlements and legal fees for police misconduct. Its newly inaugurated mayor should take a dollar from the department’s budget for every dollar the city spends settling with its victims.
With Chicago activist Celia Colón
Cook County has a new contract for juvenile ankle monitors that critics say are an invasion of privacy.
There are more than 2,700 people on electronic monitoring in Cook County, Illinois, alone.
Jason Van Dyke’s sentence for the 2014 murder of Laquan McDonald is approximately half the average sentence for a person convicted of second-degree murder in Cook County, Illinois.
Josie and Clint talk to Cook County's head prosecutor.
Josie Duffy Rice,
No Cook County judge has lost a retention election in 28 years.
With writer Kelly Hayes.
Judges are still setting bail at unaffordable levels, and more people are being held without bond.
Protesters blasting everything from punitive prosecutors to police brutality should be remembered for their role in upsetting the Windy City's political status quo.
With journalist Bryce Covert.
Prosecutors and judges across the country are starting to feel eyes on them.
The solution to problems like unsolved homicides, especially in communities of color, cannot be reinvestment in institutions that wage violence against them.
William C. Anderson
Melissa Gira Grant
Josie Duffy Rice
Fifteen men had their tainted convictions vacated by State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s office, but this isn’t the norm when it comes to prosecutors.
In Justice Roundup is my weekly debrief rounding up the justice news you need to know.
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