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Teen Violence: Effects Obvious, Causes Complex

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Teen Violence: Effects Obvious, Causes Complex

Teen dating violence is at ‘epidemic levels’ and the courts may be flawed when dealing with offenders and victims, advocates said Thursday. The forum for the media on juveniles, justice, crime and violence was at Columbia College Chicago, 1104 S. Wabash Ave., and held by the Community media Workshop. “Prosecution is the least effective way […]

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Violence and Criminal Justice: What needs Fixing?

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Violence and Criminal Justice: What needs Fixing?

Chicago students in many of the city’s public schools are being pushed out. “We really need to stop thinking about school dropout, and start thinking about school push out,” said Elena Quintana, executive director of the Institute on Public Safety and Social Justice. “When we kick people out, we basically leave them with very few […]

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Rehabilitation Programs Instead of Imprisonment for Juveniles

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Rehabilitation Programs Instead of Imprisonment for Juveniles

It costs Illinois $111,000 a year to imprison one young person yet, there is no training and rehabilitation programs to keep them from returning to prison, advocates said Thursday. “Why are the same communities sending people to prison for the last 50 years?” said Anthony Lowery, director of policy and advocacy of Safer Foundation. “Young […]

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Overwhelming Stigmas Face Juvenile Convicts, Activists Say

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Overwhelming Stigmas Face Juvenile Convicts, Activists Say

While Illinois has expanded the number of felony records that citizens can have sealed, there is still much work to be done for juveniles and young adults to be able to have a clean slate, activists said Thursday. “Those criminal records haunt people for a lifetime,” explained Anthony Lowery from Chicago’s Safer Foundation. “People don’t realize that a drug […]

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Flip the Script on Youth Violence and Justice

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Flip the Script on Youth Violence and Justice

Some children as young as kindergarten are being pushed out of schools, leading them to crime, drugs, violence all while not getting the education they need, said advocates Thursday. “When [the schools] have a student that’s hurting their numbers, they drop them,” said Jennifer Valles, associate director at Heartland Alliance Human Care. “We need to […]

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Beyond Simple Solutions: Violence & Criminal Justice in Chicago

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Beyond Simple Solutions: Violence & Criminal Justice in Chicago

Violence, crime, youth offenders, incarceration, the courts, detention, prison, and probation systems impact individuals and communities that are snared by violence. Recognizing that there are no simple solutions, a group of experts came together recently to help journalists and neighborhood groups find resources and to learn to cover or address some of the complex issues. […]

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Substance Abuse Drives Incarceration of Youth

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Substance Abuse Drives Incarceration of Youth

Substance abuse among young people has become one of the main reasons for incarceration, advocates said Thursday. “Cook County has committed over 70 percent of children on drug offense,” said Betsy Clarke, the founder and president of the Juvenile Justice Initiative. Clarke was one of a number of advocates speaking to the media about violence, […]

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