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Suicide Rates, Ideation Among Cook County Detained Youth Far Above General Population

Though signs are subtle, if there at all, detained youth commit suicide two to three times more often than minors in the overall population, according to a new bulletin based on research by Northwestern University. Linda Teplin, one of the authors of the study, is the Owen L. Coon Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
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'Lost Friends' Documentary Tells of Toll a Stained City Takes on Innocents

The following is the introduction to a documentary produced as a collaboration between The Chicago Tribune’s Mash, True Star Media and The Chicago Bureau. Click the below image for the full package. We asked the students around the table a question: Did they know anyone who had died in street violence? Every hand rose. A father.
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Quinn Names New Director of Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice; Gets Nod from John Howard Association

A new director has been named to replace Arthur Bishop as the head of the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice, a charge that includes developing policies that impact youth in custody, or just out, running detention centers and maintaining safety in institutions where minors are placed. New IDJJ Director Candice Jones This is no easy
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Chicago to Get Federal Injection of Cash, Resources to Battle Crime, Violence: U.S. Attorney

Chicago can expect to see “millions of dollars” of extra federal cash to help battle crime in the nation’s most murderous city – a dubious title that involves some 100 minors yearly, according to statements made this week by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder while in Chicago to name the newest top prosecutor for northern
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Child Welfare Boss Resigns Citing Cancer, Amid Reports of Spike in Children's Deaths

Richard Calica/ Official DCFS Photo Richard Calica, the head of the state’s embattled child welfare agency resigned Friday due to a serious illness, but also amid reports that the Department of Children and Family Services has seen the greatest number of deaths to minors over the past year, especially downstate, since the agency starting collecting such
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Rap Lyrics a Critique of ‘Racist’ Law Enforcement: Drexel U. Law Professor

Gangsta rap, the form of hip-hop music containing lyrics about urban crime and violence, should really be viewed as a commentary on how to address racist law enforcement in the inner city. But instead, the genre’s hardcore style, spurred by the record industry, has widely stereotyped African-American males as criminals. This was the theme of
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UPDATED: Illinois Juvenile Facilities, and Boss, on Spot Following Fed Report on Sex Abuse

Arthur Bishop, the head of Illinois’ juvenile prisons honored last year as a “Champion for Change” in juvenile justice reform, expressed dismay at U.S Justice Department survey findings that the state has among the highest rate nationwide of sexual assault against young inmates. Saying he is “extremely concerned, extremely upset,” Bishop announced a review and
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Schools See Recent Jump in Violence: Report

Violence in schools nationwide has slipped overall during the past two decades, but recently has spiked upward. Data compiled for an upcoming report by the National Center for Education Statistics show a downward trend in violent but nonfatal student “victimizations,” amounting to an average 4 percent annual decline in reported incidents between 1992 and 2011
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