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PNS Daily Newscast - October 18, 2019 


Baltimore mourns Rep. Elijah Cummings, who 'Fought for All.' Also on our rundown: Rick Perry headed for door as Energy Secretary; and EPA holds its only hearing on rolling back methane regulations.

2020Talks - October 18, 2019 


While controversy swirls at the White House, Chicago teachers go on strike and Democratic primary contender retired Admiral Joe Sestak walks 105 miles across New Hampshire.

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Public News Service - IL: Criminal Justice

Researchers say criminalizing children can cause long-term harm to their overall development. (kayasit/Adobe Stock)

CHICAGO – More than a century after the world's first juvenile court was established in Illinois, advocates are still fighting to ensure that children accused of crimes aren't treated the same as adults. At the Juvenile Justice Initiative's "Re-Imagine Justice Summit" in Chicago yesterday, t

There was a 5% drop in the number of youth admitted to juvenile detention in Illinois from 2016 to 2017. (Jan H. Anderson/Adobe Stock)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — People who support alternatives to detention for kids in trouble say the stage is set to bring lasting reforms to Illinois's juvenile-justice system. A recent report shows about 500 fewer young people were admitted to juvenile detention in Illinois in 2017 than in 2016 - a

Anonymous surveys reveal broken infrastructure is a concern for people in Illinois correctional facilities. (fotokitas/Adobe Stock)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The most recent surveys of living conditions inside some Illinois correctional facilities reveal some troubling findings. The John Howard Association routinely visits prisons in the state to monitor conditions of confinement, policies and practices. In the first half of

Experts say there are collateral consequences for older youths who have an adult criminal record.<br />(Jan H. Anderson/Adobe Stock)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Illinois lawmakers, along with state and national judicial leaders, will get an international perspective today on ways to create better outcomes for emerging adults in the justice system. This group ranges in age from 18 to about 25 and, according to research, has the highest r

Supporters of bail reform say cash bonds favor the wealthy. (3839153/Pixabay)

SPRINGFIELD, Il. — Illinois' Bail Reform Act of 2017 has been in effect for more than a year now. And lawmakers in Springfield will hear Tuesday from folks who think the law needs tinkering, and others who want more reforms. The law was aimed at eliminating the role of money and ensuring tha

Activists gathered in Chicago to speak out against a bill they say intends to silence protestors of oil and gas infrastructure. (The People's Lobby)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A bill that would increase penalties for damage to critical infrastructure is making its way through the Illinois Legislature, and its opponents are not backing down. Activists from social justice, environmental and faith-based groups gathered in Chicago yesterday to denoun

A majority of adults age 18 to 25 who are incarcerated in Illinois are there for nonviolent offenses. (Lechenie-narkomonii/Pixabay)

CHICAGO – Illinoisans ages 18 to 25 are not children anymore, but many are not quite grown up either. New research examines how the state can better help these emerging adults in the criminal justice system. A report released Thursday by the Justice Lab at Columbia University says emerging

Current federal law bars people convicted of a felony from having a firearm. (satellitov/Pixabay)

By Lynne Peeples/Broadcast version by Mary Schuermann Reporting for the FairWarning-Illinois News Connection Collaboration SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A conviction for domestic violence in the U.S. strips a person of the legal right to possess a gun. It doesn’t matter if the conviction is a mis

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