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Angela Caputo
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Angela Caputo joined the Chicago Reporter staff to cover housing and criminal justice issues in 2010. Before joining the Reporter, Caputo worked at Progress Illinois, a political news blog, where she was a recipient of the Studs Terkel Award in 2010. Prior to Progress Illinois, she worked for the Sun-Times News Group producing award-winning investigative pieces for the Daily Southtown and Lerner Newspapers. She is the recipient of the Salute to Excellence Award by the National Association of Black Journalists and Peter Lisagor awards for Best In-depth and Best Education reporting. She graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2004 with a master's degree in journalism.

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Is Your Local Park Well-Funded? If You Live in a Latino Neighborhood, Odds Are Slim

(0) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 12:11 PM

Roughly three decades ago, the U.S. Justice Department brought national attention to one of Chicago's open secrets. Park district officials lavished money on parks in white neighborhoods at the expense of those in African-American and Latino ones.

The feds filed a lawsuit, which led to a consent decree. Federal...

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Illinois Takes Huge Step in Juvenile Justice Reform

(0) Comments | Posted January 9, 2014 | 4:45 PM

Chicago police began turning 17-year-olds over to the juvenile courts last week, under a new Illinois law that sets the bar for felony prosecution at 18.

A little more than a year ago, The Chicago Reporter revealed that Chicago police trumped all of the nation's...

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A Skewed System of Checks and Balances

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2013 | 2:59 PM

Chicago's style of justice has been under loads of scrutiny lately. Police are raising eyebrows for writing up more than 600,000 contact cards so far this year (that's not far short of the number of stop-and-frisk arrests recorded in New York during a peak in 2011). The idea...

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Will Mandatory Prison Time for Gun Possession Charges Make Chicago Safer?

(51) Comments | Posted March 22, 2013 | 10:54 AM

The debate over how to stop the bloodshed in Chicago headed south this week as Illinois lawmakers are taking up a bill that would put more people with guns behind bars -- for longer.

There is a logic behind HB 2265, which was introduced by state Rep. Michael...

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Second City Ranks First in Teen Arrests

(26) Comments | Posted November 1, 2012 | 10:31 AM

Over the past few months, I've been sitting in on a drug case at the criminal courthouse at 26th Street and California Avenue. There is no high-profile defendant on trial. Just a teenager from Chicago's West Side who got tripped up in a police sting for allegedly selling $80 worth...

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The End of a Segregated Century?

(8) Comments | Posted February 8, 2012 | 5:02 PM

Last week, the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research created a buzz when it released a report that suggests that Chicago -- along with communities across the nation -- is less segregated today than it was a decade ago. While "Ghetto neighborhoods persist," the conservative think-tank wrote, "most are...

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