Posts tagged "incarceration"

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.)...

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 »

New initiative gives non-violent criminals the chance to clear their record

New initiative gives non-violent criminals the chance to clear their record
A new initiative for non-violent offenders offers the chance to have their felony conviction entirely scrubbed from their record. All they have to do is jump through a few extra hoops during a probationary period. The Offender Initiative Program, created by SB 3349 and signed into law by Gov. Pat Quinn in August, would extend... Read more »
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Crete: Could Illinois soon be welcoming its first privately run detention center?

Crete: Could Illinois soon be welcoming its first privately run detention center?
This article is the first in a three-part series looking at some of the different elements of the proposed Crete detention center. The Village of Crete, Ill., about an hour south of Chicago, may be on its way to making private-prison history as the home to the first privately run detention center in Illinois since... Read more »

Has Illinois become a slave state?

Illinois has the distinction of being on the right side of history–one of the states that helped win the Civil War and didn’t permit slavery. But a new book by author Michelle Alexander flips that distinction on its head and begs the question: Have we turned from a free state to a slave state? Alexander... Read more »

Who issued green cards to the Pilgrims?

It’s week four of the National Conversation on Race, and this week is a toughie. Our moderators over at Equity Blog are pushing all of us to go past the “lowest common denominator” conversations that we usually have about race and actually talk about finding solutions to serious problems. The two they propose aren’t easy... Read more »
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Why felons should (or shouldn't) vote in the coming election

In Illinois, 45,545 people won’t vote this year. It isn’t that they won’t have the time. It’s not that they lack motivation. It’s not that the lines are too long, or they can’t get to the polls. It’s where they live – in prison. Although Illinois is one of the few states that allows ex-offenders... Read more »