Posts tagged "abuse"

What's Up This Week: Our latest investigation on crime; immigrants and domestic violence; and Kelly's departure

What's Up This Week: Our latest investigation on crime; immigrants and domestic violence; and Kelly's departure
Slammed. Crime is down, but a growing number of teenagers in Chicago are being tried on adult felony charges. In 2011, 15 percent more 17-year-olds were convicted in adult courts in Cook County than in 2007. Look out for our latest investigation in the November/December issue. Undocumented Life. Undocumented women who suffer abuse can face a difficult choice –... Read more »

Signed Into Law: Keeping closed child abuse records available, debtors may be off the hook from repaying illegal lenders

Signed Into Law: Keeping closed child abuse records available, debtors may be off the hook from repaying illegal lenders
Closed records about child abuse to remain available - SB 3544 – The reports on child abuse and neglect that are deemed unfounded, are usually kept for 12 months after that determination. Then the reports are removed from the system. This legislation, signed in August, allows the Department of Child and Family Services to retain... Read more »

What's Up This Week: Why are some people so poor, democracy in voting and a look at abused boys

What's Up This Week: Why are some people so poor, democracy in voting and a look at abused boys
Each week we’ll bring you events and issues around race and poverty in Chicago.  So Rich, So Poor Professor and author Peter Edelman will discuss his new book, So Rich, So Poor: Why It’s So Hard to End Poverty in America, at Northwestern University’s downtown campus Wednesday. The book offers a critical analysis of unemployment... Read more »
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Another fly in the school lunch program: abuse

Another fly in the school lunch program: abuse
There is such a thing as a free lunch in Chicago Public Schools. Too many of them, in fact, reports the Chicago Tribune. A new report by CPS’ inspector general James Sullivan shows the free school lunch program is rife with abuse, with parents routinely encouraged to submit fraudulent applications. Thousands of children who don’t... Read more »

LGBT immigrants in detention centers face abuse, discrimination

LGBT immigrants in detention centers face abuse, discrimination
Immigration officials at the Tri-County Detention Center in Ullin, Ill., refused to provide HIV treatment for an undocumented immigrant while in custody, and another undocumented transgender immigrant was arbitrarily held in solitary confinement for 49 days at Eloy Immigration Detention Center in Arizona, according to four complaints filed Monday to the U.S. Department of Homeland... Read more »

Black families being torn apart by unfounded accusations of child sex abuse

Imagine you’re a foster child – neglected by your own family, moved from home to home – until you find that one place, that one family, where you belong. Finally, you’re safe, with a foster parent that loves you and takes care of you. Until you’re ripped from that home one morning, all because someone... Read more »
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News Roundup: Understaffed police departments will finally get more officers

The Chicago Police Department, which is currently understaffed by about 2,300 officers each day, may be getting a bit of relief. And it might not come at a better time after a summer of shootings throughout various neighborhoods. Funding for 200 new officers has been worked into the 2011 budget. The new year will also... Read more »

You decide: Are jails abusing Taser power?

An analysis done by The Chicago Reporter found eight incidents of taser usage when detainees in the Jerome Combs Detention Center were handcuffed, partially handcuffed or restrained. Let us know if you think using a Taser was justified. poll by twiigs.com –Kayla Bensing