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Cook County Leaders Attend Forum on Criminal Justice

Cook County Leaders Attend Forum on Criminal Justice

Overcrowding in Cook County’s criminal justice system has for years been a hot-button issue and recently four area leaders spoke at the City Club of Chicago and addressed the high number of incarcerated low-level offenders and offenders with mental health issues. Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, who oversees Cook County Jail, said in the forum […]

#ShutdownA14 Chicagoans Protest

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#ShutdownA14 Chicagoans Protest

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Young Filmmakers Look at (In)Justice at Upcoming Film Festival

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Young Filmmakers Look at (In)Justice at Upcoming Film Festival

The (In)Justice for All Film Festival (IFAFF) brings to audiences films that explore our current criminal justice system – police, courts, and corrections – the causes and drivers of over incarceration, and the for-profit industries that feed at this trough of human misery. See the work of young filmmakers as they examine how the justice […]

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Bill would Address Police-Student Questioning

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Bill would Address Police-Student Questioning

Illinois lawmakers are considering a bill that would inform students of their rights when being questioned by police on school grounds. The bill, which is expected to be voted on next week by the House Committee on Elementary and Secondary Education, follows the release of a series of reports titled Policing Public Schools, which was […]

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Jury Sides With CPD

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Jury Sides With CPD

A federal jury on Wednesday awarded no damages to the family of a South Side man who was shot and killed by a Chicago police officer during a traffic stop in January 2011. Darius Pinex, 27, was shot by Chicago Police Department Officer Raoul Mosqueda in the early morning hours of Jan. 7, 2011. The […]

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Curb Auto: A Path to a New Future

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Curb Auto: A Path to a New Future

Two blocks behind Chicago Midway International Airport on116 S. LaVergne St. is Curb Auto, a body shop that not only specializes in the renovation of classic hot rods, but also provides Chicago’s troubled youth and ex-gang members with a place to learn life and job skills. In 2007, Alex Levesque turned the empty warehouse on Chicago’s […]

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Criminals, not Grinch, Stealing Christmas in the 33rd Ward

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Criminals, not Grinch, Stealing Christmas in the 33rd Ward

Are burglar alarms replacing Christmas carols as the new sign the holiday season has arrived? The holiday brings joy and tradition but is also accompanied by a spike in violent crimes in the 33rd Ward, according to police representatives at the 19th District Chicago’s Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS) beat meeting. “We tend to see a […]

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