Posts tagged "prison"

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.)...

Taxpayers have spent more money incarcerating people than educating them in areas impacted by school closings

No other school district in the country has attempted to do what Chicago Public Schools is planning to do this fall: close more than one in 10 school buildings, the vast majority of them in African-American communities. “With CPS losing enrollment, officials insist that the closings are needed to ‘right-size’ the district, to save money... 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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House upholds prison-funding veto, meaning Tamms and other facilities may close

House upholds prison-funding veto, meaning Tamms and other facilities may close
The funding fight over the future of some of Illinois prisons and other facilities has been settled, at least for the time being. The Illinois House on Wednesday decided not to take an override vote on Gov. Pat Quinn’s budget cuts. It was the last legislative volley of sorts in a long back-and-forth over the... Read more »

Photo Gallery: The Peace Corner is a safe haven from the violent streets

The Peace Corner Youth Center (PCYC) is a non-profit organization in the Austin neighborhood on Chicago's West Side. It was created to provide the neighborhood youth a safe place from gang violence and drug dealing.
When Sebastian Longstreet ended up in Stateville Correctional Center for selling drugs, he started talking to the man who indirectly led him to prison in the first place: His father. Longstreet’s path to prison began when he was about 12 and his father was incarcerated on a life sentence for murder. Wanting to help pay... Read more »

Signed into law: harsher penalties for selling heroin; mandated evaluation of bilingual programs

At the end of each session in Springfield, a pile of bills that pass the legislature end up on Gov. Pat Quinn’s desk awaiting his signature. We’ll keep track of those that make it into law. Mandating evaluation of bilingual programs in public schools at the state level – HB 3819 requires the Illinois Advisory... Read more »
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Ald. Zalewski's graffiti ordinance: Collision course with Cook County?

Ald. Zalewski's graffiti ordinance: Collision course with Cook County?
Twenty-third Ward Ald. Michael Zalewski’s plan to take back his community from gang-affiliated graffiti vandals could potentially put him on a collision course with Cook County’s plan to reduce the number of offenders passing through its criminal justice system. An ordinance Zalewski plans to submit to the city council Wednesday would increase fines for people... Read more »

Politics in review: Arrested protestors want face time with Rahm; Jackson, Jr. in hot seat; Preckwinkle snuffs ICE; Daley's day in court

Here’s a week’s worth of political and elections news that had The Chicago Reporter jawing. Twenty-three people were arrested early Friday morning after barricading themselves inside a Woodlawn mental health clinic in protest of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to consolidate 12 clinics into six. The Chicago Reporter recently reported on some of the planned closures. ... Read more »

Watchdog: closing prison will likely exacerbate crowded correctional system

Watchdog: closing prison will likely exacerbate crowded correctional system
A prison watchdog group is raising the alarm about Gov. Pat Quinn’s move to close the Logan Correctional Facility as part of a growing battle over the state budget. Shuttering Logan, a medium-security prison that houses some 2,000 inmates, “will likely exacerbate [the Illinois Department of Correction's] overcrowded conditions, jeopardize the safety of inmates and... Read more »
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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 »