Category Archives: Criminal Justice Issues from Illinois and Beyond
JJI filed written testimony for the Appropriations – Human Services committee meeting on Tue., April 4 in support of full funding for Redeploy Illinois, CCBYS, and other critical prevention and intervention programs. Read the statement here.
June 19th New York Times had an Editorial “Justice Kennedy on Solitary Confimenet” highlighting Justice Kennedy’s concurrence on Davis v. Ayala, a case challenging the prosecutor’s dismissal of all seven Black/Hispanic. The Supreme Court’s decision in the case of Hector Ayala, … Continue reading
Illinois State Rep. Robyn Gabel and Rep. Kelly Cassidy will host a town hall meeting to discuss criminal justice reform on June 17th at Unitarian Church in Evanston. Topics include: Sentencing Reform Criminal Justice Budget Outlook Reducing Barriers to Employment … Continue reading
On February 27, 2015, the Juvenile Justice Initiative released a new report that documents analyses of Illinois’ arrests and admissions of young adults ages 18-21 to the Cook County Department of Corrections (i.e., Cook County Jail), and examines emerging trends in policy … Continue reading
Michelle Alexander, the author of the New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, shares her struggle with discussing what’s happening in Ferguson with her son in Telling My Son About Ferguson in the New York Times. “As a civil rights … Continue reading
The New York Times has released graphs comparing racial make-up of communities vs. that of police departments across the United States. In hundreds of police departments across the country, the percentage of whites on the force is more than 30 … Continue reading
Groundbreaking National Academy of Sciences Report: US Needs to Significantly Reduce Prison Population.
US Needs to Significantly Reduce Prison Population Groundbreaking National Academy of Sciences Report Published by National Research Council, April 30, 2014 With less than five percent of the world’s population but nearly 25 percent of the world’s prisoners, the U.S. … Continue reading
The New York Times urged the US to end mass incarceration, arguing that the “United States ‘has gone past the point where the numbers of people in prison can be justified by social benefits,” and that mass incarceration itself is “a source of … Continue reading
According to the study released on May 19 by Roosevelt University’s Illinois Consortium on Drug Policy, only 7 percent of the misdemeanor marijuana violations recorded by Chicago police in 2013, the first full year that the city’s decriminalization ordinance was in … Continue reading
On November 15th, a co-authored editorial from Illinois State Rep. Christian Mitchell and Illinois State Sen. Kwame Raoul was published in the Chicago Tribune, “Being smart and tough on crime.” The article follows the close of the Illinois General Assembly’s October … Continue reading