Posts byAlissa Zhu

"Affluenza" Case Highlights Socioeconomic, Racial Disparities in Justice

In 2004, 21-year-old David Koschman lost his life in a drunken confrontation. Nearly 10 years later, his killer has only begun to face judicial consequences for the crime. For seven years, Koschman’s case remained an unsolved homicide, despite several witnesses identifying Richard “R.J.” Vanecko as the assaulter who punched Koschman in the face after a

City's Homeless Shelters Work Together to Reach At-Risk and Young in Brutal Weather

With the polar vortex marking this winter season as one of Chicago’s coldest in recent memory, the city’s homeless youth are up against life-threatening conditions. Kids under the age of 18 are wards of the state, but as soon as youth become legal adults, they’re expected to fend for themselves on the streets. Weather emergencies have

Lawmakers Call for Independent Monitor of Juvenile Prisons; Joliet Facility May Be Repurposed

In an attempt to curb what lawmakers have deemed unacceptably high rates of sexual abuse in Illinois’ juvenile prisons, the state is trying to pass legislation that will create an “Independent Juvenile Ombudsman,” a government employee who will advocate on behalf of victimized prisoners. Meanwhile, there are reports that a now-closed facility with a high