Criminal Justice

UPDATED: Criminal Justice Reform Package Will Head to Governor

Jan 13, 2021

The Illinois Senate passed a criminal justice omnibus bill early Wednesday morning after a grueling 20 hours of politicking during Tuesday’s lame duck session. The House followed suit Wednesday morning, clearing the way for the bill to head to the governor.

The legislation is made up of several provisions that touch all facets of the criminal justice system.

Panel Discussion Tackles Mental Health And The Courts

Dec 7, 2020

A documentary screening and panel discussion put a spotlight on the challenges of mental illness and the criminal justice system.

Hosted by the Illinois Supreme Court Mental Health Task Force, the panel featured three mothers whose children had severe mental illness.

Tanya Brown spoke about the difficulty getting treatment for her son, Tyree Davis, who had schizo-affective disorder.

State Senate Committees Take on Prison Reform

Oct 14, 2020

The state Senate Criminal law Committee and Special Committee on Public Safety held a joint hearing Tuesday, calling on experts to provide evidence-based recommendations for enhancing public safety and making prisons more equitable and humane.

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Last week, in announcing a plan to overhaul Illinois’ juvenile justice system, state officials repeatedly used a term not often heard in discussions about criminal justice: love.

Illinois lawmakers are considering whether the state should begin paying for deferred prosecution programs. They’re intended to give non-violent offenders a second chance.

Illinois News Connection

Illinoisans ages 18 to 25 are not children anymore, but many are not quite grown up either.

New research examines how the state can better help these emerging adults in the criminal justice system.

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A researcher at SIU-Carbondale is studying the impact of public scrutiny on police officers.

Tammy Kochel  conducted surveys with the St. Louis County Police Department before the 2014 death of Michael Brown in Ferguson and then returned for interviews after the unrest.