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‘We Charge Genocide’ Issues Damning Report on Abuse and Brutality in Chicago

Abuse and Brutality in Chicago

Page May had only one word for it: torture. That was how she and others with the new activist group We Charge Genocide are classifying police brutality in Chicago in a report compiled for the United Nations Committee Against Torture, the findings of which were presented this week before a crowded room of activists at the Jane Adams Hull House.

Assembled through “dozens upon dozens” of eyewitness testimony and a month of meticulous database scraping, the report had chilling conclusions regarding police brutality on the South Side. Racial inequality and a systemic lack of system oversight took center-stage. Continue Reading →

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Week in Review: Pleas for Asylum, Interviews with Inmates

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This week in juvenile justice: "If you lock people up and don’t teach them something, it’s a lose/lose situation." — "There were things going on at Rikers that were pretty horrific, and one of them was the conditions in the adolescent jail." — Collateral consequence laws do not provide definitive results. And more ... Continue Reading →

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Week in Review: Prison Reform, Homeless Students and Youth Employment

Week in Review - Prison Reform, Homeless Students and Youth Employment

This week in juvenile justice: Louisiana’s prison reform efforts haven’t gone nearly far enough, according to people close to the system. In New York, officials from Rikers Island announced plans to eliminate such confinement for 16- and 17-year-old inmates. The difficult circumstances of two homeless KSU students are shown in the latest photo essay by JJIE's BOKEH. A report chronicles the journey of six young serious offenders through Illinois’ criminal justice system. Continue Reading →

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