Illinois is one of 10 states where 17-year-olds are automatically sent to adult lockup, court and, in many cases, prison on felony crimes. Chicago police have arrested more 17-year-olds than their counterparts in any other big city in the country.
With so much of the presidential campaign centered on how to prevent attacks from oversees, violence in our own inner cities remains a topic often neglected by politicians on the national stage.
As we all know, Chicago witnessed an alarming spike in homicides this spring, the effects of which citizens and the police force are still dealing with. While the problem has slowed somewhat, tension remains high, and people are looking for solutions.
The importance of the volunteers cannot be overstated. In particular, their familiarity with the quirks of Chicago's antiquated voting machines enabled confused voters to do what they had come to do.
When asked what the community needs, Jones says, "Same thing they need nationally: jobs. Money coming into the household so they can then spend more and do more." He also thinks the country and neighborhood needs a change in attitude.
Make your voice heard -- erase "the inequity of compassion" that exists around gun violence and to demand our elected officials and presidential candidates give us their plans to make this the better, safer nation we all want and deserve.
In response to growing concern about violent crime and shrinking budgets, public officials have adopted a number of initiatives to prioritize use of scarce resources.
$82 million for public safety. That's how much Mayor Rahm Emmanuel slashed from the city's budget to reduce the deficit. In times of tapped out taxpayers, it's hard to quarrel with the mayor's goal. But what about the impact on concerned residents?
After such national tragedies, society should engage in a discussion about how to address and potentially prevent such tragedies from happening again. We might not all agree, but this is a Democracy, and this is how public policy is made.
Gail Scott, Stanley Wrice's daughter, wants to know why her father isn't already home, enjoying life in the free world. Unfortunately, our criminal justice system, while breathtakingly quick to lock up suspects, is agonizingly slow to rectify its mistakes.
On the Fourth of July, comedian Chris Rock tweeted: "Happy white peoples independence day the slaves weren't free but I'm sure they enjoyed fireworks." Chris Rock disowns the holiday with tongue-in-cheek. Well right back at you Mr. Rock.
With murders at a 37 percent increase in Chicago, the mayor needed to stop the bleeding occurring due to violent crime. So it's not entirely surprising to learn that Chicago is turning to street gang ex-cons and neighborhood insiders or "interrupters" to help treat the virus.
It's a troubling question.I hadn't thought a lot about it because the answer seemed obvious. Sure, some white cops are racist, but most are not. But perhaps the question "Are White Cops Racist?" has nuanced answers.
In Illinois restitution isn't assured unless a freed prisoner first proves his innocence. That's right. Even if the charges have been dropped, he must convince the county's presiding judge that he didn't do the crime.
Making our neighborhoods safe won't be easy. We need to provide the young with the best, not the worst, educational opportunities. We need the police to make protecting the citizens of those streets a greater priority.