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.
I don't live life by statistics, nor do I navigate through life over selling my identity as some brand. However, my identity as a black man from the South Side of Chicago is a part of who I am.
Want to save lives, prevent lawsuits and restore the integrity of the justice system? Remember Dennis Williams, who lost his 20s, 30s and eventually his life because those in power stubbornly refused to admit their fallibility.
Our changes must go beyond simple gun control; they must be thoughtful, comprehensive and persistent. Controlling the proliferation of guns is important, but supporting educational and community programs are our best bet to break the cycle of violence.
If there is any way that violence can be curbed it has to start with reducing the number of non-violent offenders entering the prison system and becoming violent offenders due to the pressure of trying to keep up with the hard-core code of prison.
This issue isn't about helping those less fortunate then ourselves. The reality is we're losing people better than ourselves. It's time we accept that we are all equal and by helping our neighbors, we're helping ourselves.
If we are to evaluate our success as a nation based, at least in part, by our children's well-being, we ought to pay closer attention to what ails them emotionally, and to create a safe environment at home, at school and in the community they depend on to thrive.
It's time to come home, Mr. President, and comfort the over 500 families who've lost loved ones in the past year alone. It's time to call the nation's attention to the need for a solution to this crisis.
So long as politics trumps performance, it makes more sense for Superintendent McCarthy and Mayor Emanuel to play the blame game than fight crime. In police politics, if you want to keep your job, nothing fails like success.
This may be easier said than done, but an effort must be made on all fronts by those in power to prevent more senseless deaths. Enough is enough. Too many black children have died. It is time to end this madness once and for all.
Daniel Taylor is now 37-years-old. Having spent more than half of his life behind bars, there's no place like home for Taylor -- and no place like prison for the prosecutors who stole his youth.
Who's calling the shots on your block to save the lives of children and the community? What can you do to be known as a shot caller for change?
Many will say that George Ryan's legacy will be the stain of scandal. Count me among the many others who say otherwise. George Ryan is a good man, a profile in courage who saved countless innocent lives.
When the criminal justice system gets you in its grip, it does not let go easily. The screws can tighten harder for the innocent, as law enforcement loathes admitting its mistakes. Take the case of Stanley Wrice.
What will become of Anthony Porter? It is tragic to think that his only bright and shining moment was the day he was no longer condemned to die, a day when the whole world seemed to care about his fate.
If medicines and even tobacco are regulated, why is ammunition sold without any type of control?