Posts tagged "juvenile justice"

Families out of reach, incarcerated youth often silent about sexual assaults

It’s been six months since Celia Peoples last saw her 14-year-old son. He is only five hours away from her home in the small downstate town of Harrisburg, Ill., but Peoples, who is unemployed and barely making ends meet, can’t afford to take a car or a bus to visit him. Peoples’ son is incarcerated... Read more »

VIDEO: Rita Fry reflects on the life of a public defender

The average Cook County public defender handles 522 cases a year, a caseload higher than any other jurisdiction in the country. Rita Fry knows what it’s like. She worked in the Cook County public defender’s office from 1980 to 2003 and told our reporter Angela Caputo about how she often met clients for the first... Read more »

The Barber Shop Show: Wrongful convictions and our holiday re-runs

This week on the Barber Shop Show, our weekly radio show broadcast live from Carter’s Barber Shop in North Lawndale, we invited local journalist to join us for our Mid-Month Mash Up, including blogger Jessica Young. Here’s Jessica giving us a run down of her favorite stories from this week’s show: We’ll be taking these... Read more »
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VIDEO: Top stories of 2012? Here's a rundown

Can you believe that 2012 is already coming to an end? Chuck Sudo, from Chicagoist, and I were recently guests on WCIU’s 26 N Halsted show, which is hosted by George Blaise, to reflect on the top stories of the year. My top picks were: The Chicago Reporter investigation that found more kids have been killed in... Read more »

The Barber Shop Poll: Should 17 year-olds be charged as adults or minors?

This week on the Barber Shop Show, our weekly radio on Vocalo 89.5 FM, we’re talking about 17 year-olds in the criminal justice system. Currently, if a 17-year-old commits a felony in Illinois, they’re automatically charged as adults. That means they spend time in adult jail, get adult sentences and sent to adult prison. But... Read more »

State commission: 17-year-olds should be charged as minors, not adults

State commission: 17-year-olds should be charged as minors, not adults
Are 17-year-olds adults, or not? The answer is murky in Illinois. If they’re the victim of a crime, 17-year-olds are considered kids. The same goes if they break curfew, are charged with a misdemeanor, like marijuana possession, or try to buy cigarettes or vote. But when it comes to felonies, the teens are adults. Period.... Read more »
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VIDEO: Chicago police arrest scores more teenagers than other big cities

VIDEO: Chicago police arrest scores more teenagers than other big cities
Over the past few months, I’ve been sitting in on a drug case at the criminal courthouse at 26th Street and California Avenue. There is no high-profile defendant on trial. Just a teenager from Chicago’s West Side who got tripped up in a police sting for allegedly selling $80 worth of heroin to undercover officers. At 17,... Read more »

VIDEO: A peek at The Chicago Reporter's upcoming issue

More 17-year-olds are arrested for felony offenses in Chicago than any other major city across the nation. And those arrest carry harsh consequences because Illinois is just one of 10 states where the teens are automatically prosecuted as adults. Here’s a look at our upcoming investigation, “Minor misconduct.” .

What's up this week: State lawmakers tackle sex trafficking; indicted state pol heads back to work; speed cameras and trust funds

What's up this week: State lawmakers tackle sex trafficking; indicted state pol heads back to work; speed cameras and trust funds
Here’s a preview of what’s on the political agenda this week: The Illinois General Assembly returns to Springfield on April 17. The Chicago Reporter will be watching out for a few things: The Senate’s Criminal Law Committee, slated to meet on April 18 in Springfield, will take a look at changes to the wording of... Read more »
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Illinois' juvenile inmates tell their stories in song

Illinois' juvenile inmates tell their stories in song
“Don’t think that because you see a game room and a gym that it’s fun in here. It’s not.” That’s what Whitney, a teenager locked up in Warrenville Correctional Facility, has to say, while giving a tour to the camera. She was a part of the Emmy-winning documentary “Girls on the Wall,” a film by... Read more »