A WBEZ investigation has found evidence that at least two men who were sent from Puerto Rico to questionable rehab centers in Chicago may have been victims of ID theft. WBEZ's Odette Yousef joins us with the details.
In an earlier investigation, we found that Puerto Rico sends drug addicts to Chicago for treatment in unregulated residential programs. Now, new evidence raises questions about what happens to the ID documents those programs confiscate from addicts.
There’s an unprecedented ordinance that the outgoing Chicago City Council will take up this week. It would give $5.5M in monetary reparations and more to victims of torture under former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge and his officers. The proposal also includes that victims and their families receive free tuition at the City Colleges of Chicago, free counseling for psychological and substance abuse and a formal apology. We discuss the ordinance with torture survivor Mark Clements and criminal justice attorney Samuels’ daughter, Adrienne Samuels Gibbs.
Heroin addicts from Puerto Rico are being sent to Chicago - sometimes with one-way tickets from police there, or from government authorities. The men are told they’re coming for high-end treatment. The places they end up are often rundown, unlicensed residences with no treatment - and many addicts leave. Reporter Adriana Cardona Maguigad brought us this story on This American Life. Theodora Binion is acting director of the Illinois Department of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse and joins us to talk. Also, jazz sounds from Makaya McCraven.
Officials in Puerto Rico give drug addicts one-way tickets to Chicago with the promise of housing, treatment and medical care. What many find instead are harsh conditions in residences run by former addicts.