Posts tagged "jail"

Could the Mayor’s plan to stop drinking, public urination worsen crowding at Cook County Jail?

Could the Mayor’s plan to stop drinking, public urination worsen crowding at Cook County Jail?
Mayor Rahm Emanuel plans to discourage standard-of-living crimes like drinking, public urination and illegal gambling by doubling the fines and threatening to throw into jail for six months anyone who has skipped out on a hearing and then missed their court date. The move might be able to cut down on the crimes themselves, but... Read more »

Why were more than 800 US citizens flagged for possible deportation by immigration authorities?

Why were more than 800 US citizens flagged for possible deportation by immigration authorities?
Immigration and Customs Enforcement has come under fire for casting too wide of a net – some advocates have nicknamed it a “dragnet” – when it asks law enforcement authorities to hold people in local jails under its Secure Communities program. The federal immigration agency placed an “immigration hold” or “detainer” on more than 900,000... Read more »

Will mandatory prison time for gun possession charges make Chicago safer?

The debate over how to stop the bloodshed in Chicago headed south last week as Illinois lawmakers took up a bill that would put more people with guns behind bars–for longer. There is a logic behind HB 2265, which was introduced by state Rep. Michael Zalewski, a Democrat from west suburban Riverside. The argument: that... Read more »
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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 »

Jails are the new asylums for women

If there’s one thing that Rosemary Gido wants her students to know, it’s this: “It’s not rocket science. Jails and prisons are the new asylums,” she says. As a professor of criminology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Gido has been studying how the criminal justice system treats two populations–women and the mentally ill–and how those... Read more »

Cook County opens new jail for pregnant inmates

The nation’s fastest growing prison population? Moms, according to a recent study–many of them expectant mothers. That is why Cook County decided to open a special unit just for pregnant inmates, providing them with the prenatal care and help with parenting skills they need to raise healthy children. Losing a mom to incarceration often starts... Read more »
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Most (99 percent) of Illinois' 17-year-olds plead guilty in adult court for felony charges

Photo by Paul Hart Imagine you’re 17 years old, sitting in a prison cell. You were arrested on a felony charge, but your family can’t afford to post bond, so you’re waiting here, waiting to see what will happen to you. Maybe you’re guilty, but maybe you’re innocent. All you know is that the public... Read more »