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Cook County Criminal Justice System

It's Time to Coordinate on Diversion

Katy Welter | Posted 10.17.2012 | Chicago
Katy Welter

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.

Smart Criminal Justice Policies Gain Momentum in Chicago, Cook County

Katy Welter | Posted 01.03.2012 | Chicago
Katy Welter

More than funding or legislation, we need our officials to work toward common goals. A fair, cost-effective criminal justice system can be achieved through a cooperative effort among city and county administrators.

Finding the "Fat Catchers" of Criminal Justice

Katy Welter | Posted 12.09.2011 | Chicago
Katy Welter

Innovative criminal justice reforms may produce misleading results if they are not implemented using systematic research methods.

Diversion a Must for Justice and Economy

Katy Welter | Posted 07.12.2011 | Chicago
Katy Welter

Imagine a program that saves Cook County at least $20 million per year while reducing crime, incarceration, and unemployment. This is no fantasy -- it's called diversion court.

When It Comes to Claims of Actual Innocence, Courts Need to Consider Recantations

John Maki | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
John Maki

You might think that judges would be willing to review convictions based on testimony that was later recanted, but in fact courts frequently ignore recantations.

Defending the Damned Author Kevin Davis on The Interview Show

Mark Bazer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Mark Bazer

Journalist Kevin Davis, the author of Defending the Damned: Inside Chicago's Cook County Public Defender's Office, recently appeared on a talk show I host at the Hideout. Here is video of the interview.