Posts tagged "conviction"

The Chicago Reporter investigation finds felony convictions for 17-year-olds jump

The Chicago Reporter investigation finds felony convictions for 17-year-olds jump
When you are 17, you are not allowed to purchase cigarettes, drink or vote. But you can be tried on a felony charge. The Chicago Reporter’s latest investigation found that the number of 17-year-olds convicted of a felony jumped from 777 in 2010 to 907 in 2011. One consequence of sending youth offenders into the... Read more »

New EEOC guidelines on discrimination based on arrests, convictions bring hope to some communities

New EEOC guidelines on discrimination based on arrests, convictions bring hope to some communities
For the first time in 25 years, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission refined its guidelines on discrimination against people with arrest or conviction records. The law already warned that making hiring decisions based on arrest records or criminal convictions “may, in some instances, violate the prohibition against employment discrimination.” But under the new guidelines, passed... Read more »

Barber Shop preview: the case of Howard Morgan, gun violence and police accountability

Seven years ago, an off-duty black police officer was shot 28 times by fellow officers. According to news reports, Howard Morgan, the officer in question, was stopped when he was driving the wrong way down a one-way street without headlights near his home in North Lawndale. When four officers tried to arrest him, Morgan allegedly... Read more »
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Barber Shop Show Extra: Meet Valerie Newsome, a potential beneficiary of HB5723

Valerie Newsome is no stranger to the employment complications caused by a criminal record. The resident of Lawndale used to be paid by a state agency to care for her mother until, after background checks became mandatory, she was let go for the nonviolent criminal conviction that stands as a constant blemish on her record.... Read more »

Children doing adult time because of a law made over a century ago

Photo credit: banspy It was a time that women couldn’t vote. Scientists of the day used brain size and the first intelligence tests to determine that white people were biologically superior to all other races. People with mental illnesses were locked up in crude asylums, restrained to beds and given shock therapy in an attempt... Read more »