Posts tagged "Drugs"

Do new marijuana legalization laws only benefit white people?

Do new marijuana legalization laws only benefit white people?
David Simon, the creator of HBO series “The Wire,” raised some eyebrows last month when he declared that the widely applauded marijuana legalization measures in states like Colorado and Washington were only going to help “white, middle-class” youth avoid going to jail for drug use. Simon’s award-winning series  focused at times on the illegal drug... Read more »

Video: One former drug offender devotes his life to helping other ex-offenders

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Between 2000 and 2011, nearly 150,000 Chicago defendants received a prison sentence in the Cook County Circuit Court. The majority of them were from poor neighborhoods on the city’s South and West sides. Raymond Richard was one of those people. At one time, he lived on the streets of Chicago and turned to drugs and... Read more »

Chicago tears down crime-ridden abandoned buildings to build safer communities - Photos

Construction workers begin the demolition of an abandon building that was a location of high crime and drug sales.
The city began demolishing a number of buildings in neighborhoods on the South and West sides Thursday, as part of a Mayor Rahm Emanuel-backed strategy to cleanse neighborhoods of gang activity. Certain vacant buildings attract gang activity and violence, Emanuel contends, and they need to come down. Some are in such disrepair that they need... Read more »
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Tweaks to Cook County drug law swap jail time for fines

Tweaks to Cook County drug law swap jail time for fines
Some proposed tweaks to a Cook County drug law not only replaces jail time with fines for minor offenses, but furthers Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s drive to change how low-level offenders are charged. The amendment, introduced at Tuesday’s board meeting, would replace arrests and possible jail time with fines spanning $200-$500 for a... Read more »