Posts in category "Criminal Justice"

Have Illinois lawmakers lost their appetite for mandatory minimums?

Have Illinois lawmakers lost their appetite for mandatory minimums?
On Tuesday, a much anticipated debate over Illinois Rep. Michael Zalewski’s (D-23rd) bill to require hard time for illegal gun possession was abruptly cancelled, signaling that his colleagues in the House aren’t lining up behind it. At least, not in the numbers he needs if it’s going to pass. Regular readers may recall the proposal,... Read more »

A way out of poverty: New Illinois law allows some felons to have their records sealed

A way out of poverty: New Illinois law allows some felons to have their records sealed
In the 1980s, Rita Allison shoplifted from a suburban department store. It happened so long ago that she doesn’t remember the name of the store, or what exactly it was she stole. But Allison, 55, said she was caught – and charged with six felony counts. The Chicago Reporter met Allison at a weekend forum... Read more »

The trials of George Zimmerman: a public referendum on his guilt

The trials of George Zimmerman: a public referendum on his guilt
It’s been more than a month since a Florida jury of six women acquitted George Zimmerman in the murder of the unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin–and Zimmerman essentially walked off into the sunset. But for social justice activists all over the country that wasn’t the end of the story. They held protests in the days after... Read more »
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Reporter wins Black Journalists’ 2013 Excellence Award for police misconduct story

Reporter wins Black Journalists’ 2013 Excellence Award for police misconduct story
The Chicago Reporter won one of the National Association of Black Journalists’ 2013 “Salute to Excellence” awards during the organization’s annual convention this year. Reporter staff writer Angela Caputo, editor Rui Kaneya and intern Yisrael Shapiro took the top prize in the investigative reporting category for magazines under 1 million circulation for the story “Abusing... Read more »

Chicago rallies for Trayvon Martin and social justice

Chicago rallies for Trayvon Martin and social justice
A week after a Florida jury acquitted George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin, hundreds of people turned out Saturday afternoon in Chicago to protest the verdict. The plaza in front of the Dirksen Federal Building resonated with shouts for justice for Martin, with marchers holding signs and wearing various shirts donning Martin’s face... Read more »

Post verdict: Marching for Trayvon Martin, slamming criminal justice system

After three weeks of highly sensationalized television coverage and two days of deliberation by a jury with only one person of color, the trial of George Zimmerman, charged in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin came to a close on Saturday night. The verdict: not guilty.  Less than two hours after the verdict was announced,... Read more »
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The Barber Shop show: Strong feelings on both sides of the gun rights debate

On the issue of gun rights, people on either side of the debate have strong feelings. Pamela Bosley takes on gun violence because it was an illegal gun that was used to kill her son on an early April evening in 2006. For Colleen Lawson, a close brush with burglars left her feeling vulnerable. But... Read more »

Watch The Chicago Reporter-NBC 5 Chicago joint investigation on legislation aimed at gun crimes

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Will mandatory prison time for gun possession make Chicago safer? That’s the question at the heart of the issue behind HB 2265. Our partner NBC 5 took a closer look at the bill, as a follow-up to the Reporter’s investigation, “Read to pull the trigger.”

Has the Motion to Reconsider program brought change to Cook County’s broken bond court system?

Has the Motion to Reconsider program brought change to Cook County’s broken bond court system?
A bill attempting to allow nonviolent, first-time offenders to avoid paying a bond so they could leave the jail while awaiting trial died an unceremonious death at its third reading in the Illinois House of Representatives last month. With a bill making changes to bond court failing to pass–for the second legislative session–  we thought... Read more »
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In some Chicago neighborhoods, incarceration costs twice as high as education spending

(Click through the map to see just how much was spent on incarceration vs. education in communities impacted by school closures.)...