Posts byCathaleen Chen

No End in Sight for 50-year War on Poverty

Marking the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson’s declaration of an “unconditional” War on Poverty, President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday night revisits the issue of poverty only three times.  But he said — after first citing the current unemployment five-year low — inequality has undoubtedly intensified. Official White House photo Between

DOJ Awards 17 States $4.6M to Rethink Criminal Systems and Blunt High Prison Numbers

Sponsored by the Department of Justice, 17 states are reevaluating and revamping their criminal justice systems to reduce incarceration rates and costs, as well as improve policies. Illinois, which includes some of the most overcrowded and criticized penal institutions, was not among those selected, but neighboring states -including Missouri and Kentucky – are included. The