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Public News Service - IL: Criminal Justice

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

Cook County has reduced juvenile detention admissions about 15 percent. (Cirt/Wikimedia)

CHICAGO – Hundreds of young children are held in juvenile detention facilities each year in Illinois. And the county responsible for many of those admissions is changing its ways. On Wednesday, Cook County approved an ordinance that sets the minimum age of detention at 13. County Commiss

One potential change to Chicago Police protocol is to avoid making arrests for minor offenses. (Pixabay)

CHICAGO – The public comment period for a consent decree to govern how Chicago Police officers use force and are held accountable ends today. Backers of police reform – including the ACLU and Black Lives Matter – are in a tug-of-war with the Illinois attorney general's office and

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