Posts byLily Oberman

Q&A: Juveniles Facing Parole Revocation Should Appear Before Prisoner Review Board, Be Represented

A proposed consent decree that addresses issues regarding revocation of juvenile parole could go into effect as early as Jan. 1, 2015, if the decree gets approved by a judge. Alan Mills, legal director of the Uptown People’s Law Center A class-action lawsuit was filed in 2012 against the head of the Prisoner Review Board (which
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Fed Spending on Children's Causes Dropping More Sharply Than Other Spending

The federal government is slashing its budget when it comes to investing in initiatives that benefit children faster than it is cutting back overall spending, according to a new report released by the non-profit group First Focus. The report, titled “Children’s Budget 2014” examines federal spending on programs that impact children. Only 8 percent of
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Council of State Governments Comes Down Hard on School Discipline

The Council of State Governments Justice Center, a national nonprofit organization, released its comprehensive report on school discipline this week. The report, which is more than 400 pages long, offers an “unprecedented look at school discipline policy,” and is the result of a collaboration between more than 100 advisors: school administrators, behavioral health professionals, youth,
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Roosevelt University Report Highlights Disproportionate Arrests of Blacks for Pot

A report issued by Roosevelt University’s Illinois Consortium on Drug Policy highlights the patchwork nature of legal policy toward marijuana possession in Illinois. More than 100 municipalities in the state have passed ordinances that allow police officers to ticket people carrying small amounts of marijuana instead of arresting them. The report found, however, that arrests
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Rally-Goers Lament 'Re-Segregation' of Public Schools 60 Years After Brown v. Board of Education

More than 100 people gathered at Nathaniel Pope Elementary School in North Lawndale on Saturday morning to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s ruling on Brown v. Board of Education. Members of the Chicago Teachers Union, Action Now Parents for Teachers, Jobs for Justice, the Pilsen Alliance, and the Kenwood-Oakland Community Organization –
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'Enough,' Says Emanuel on the Easter Violence – and Continuing Toll

The numbers that rolled in at the end of Easter weekend were bleak. There were shootings. Thirty-one shootings, to be precise – 31 shootings that left 36 people injured and eight people dead, according to the Chicago Police Department. Among those killed were two South Side teenagers, 16-year-old Jordan Means and 18-year-old Anthony Bankhead. Among
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Kansas Institute to Combat Human Trafficking and Modern-Day Slavery

The Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Initiative launched has launched a new website, with a team of researchers at the University of Kansas working to “find solutions to trafficking and exploitation transnationally” by researching patterns of contemporary and historical slavery. The preventative model will look at “risk and protective factors and communities that can help people avoid exploitation,”
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Study: Illinois Far Behind, Too Harsh With Juvenile Sex Offenders on Registry, Discipline

The Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission released their report on juvenile sex offenders and registration practices Tuesday, with a leading author calling the current rules and regulations to protect children “patchwork,” and “complicated and confusing.” “Even professionals don’t always understand what’s required under Illinois law,” said Lisa Jacobs, the vice chair of the commission and the program manager for the
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Class-Action Suit Filed in Federal Court, Deploring "Life-Threatening Violence" at County Jail

A class-action lawsuit on behalf of 2,000 men housed in two of the highest security units in Cook County was filed in U.S. District Court on Thursday, seeking to bring a halt to abuses that some 30 years of public ridicule, court intervention and investigations has allegedly failed to stem. The federal suit alleges that
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