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A visit to Cook County jail

Imagine a teenage African American boy. He is 18-years-old, a star basketball player from the West Side being scouted by colleges offering scholarships, including DePaul University. But one day he makes a mistake. He is charged with burglary after allegedly trying to steal from a Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria. He was caught in the manager’s office.  […]

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Criminalizing Youth

Is our criminal justice system setting up minority youth to fail? Though recent reports stated declines in citywide crime, neighborhoods with a large concentration of minority youth continue to harbor high crime rates in comparison to other areas. According to Tracy Siska from the Chicago Justice Project, part of the problem is that continuous high profile […]