Illinois, Home to Juvenile Justice, Behind Some States in New ‘Wave’ of Policy

Changes to the juvenile justice system, as shown through history, are volatile. As of late, the trend seems to be supporting a rehabilitative model. While states like New Mexico and even President Barack Obama at the federal level, had been hard at work banning solitary confinement for juveniles and implementing other rehabilitative measures, Illinois has
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Dear DOJ: Investigate The Whole Damn City!

It seems like Chicago is a city under investigative siege. The U.S. Department of Justice has arrived and is in its “pattern or practice” investigation of the Chicago Police Department. The U.S. Attorney’s Office is investigating possible civil rights violations and obstruction of justice charges in the Laquan McDonald case – and that probe seems
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ACLU of Illinois: State Funding Cuts to Youth Services in 2016 Not an Option

As Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and state lawmakers butt heads over the state’s fiscal health for the coming year, housing and other services for young-adult wards of the state are hanging in the balance. But the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, a longtime nemesis of the state’s Department of Children and Family Services, says
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IB Programs Hold Promise in CPS, but Concerns Remain

For Kimberly Lebovitz and a growing number of Chicago Public Schools educators, there’s only one answer to the question of the best school curriculum available: the International Baccalaureate program. Successful implementation of the program is difficult, requiring resources and strong commitment from a school community. However, Lebovitz, the IB Primary Years Programme Coordinator at the
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To Cancel, or Not to Cancel? The Odd Formula for Shuttering Schools in Frozen Temps

Given the frozen temperatures and threats of sub-zero wind chills forecast for the balance of the week, the hard decisions are on schools about whether to shut down to save children, faculty and staff from braving the conditions or getting stuck in unsafe conditions. On January 7, Chicago Public Schools, Evanston/Skokie School District 65, and
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Human Rights Watch: U.S. Juvenile Justice Policies Fall Short

The United States took a hit in its chapter of Human Rights Watch’s World Report 2015, which, among other things, investigated the racial biases and treatment of juveniles within the nation’s criminal justice system. HRW noted, for example, that African American men are six times more likely to be arrested than their white counterparts. Part
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Study Identifies 9 Steps to Cut Child Poverty by More Than Half

Child poverty could be reduced by as much as 60 percent by improving just nine existing federal programs, according to a new Children’s Defense Fund study. Children’s Defense Fund, a non-profit child advocacy group, suggested policy changes that focused on two goals: increasing employment and the value of work and meeting children’s basic needs “when
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