WBEZ | juvenile court http://www.wbez.org/tags/juvenile-court Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Thousands of 'juvenile lifers' place their hope in Supreme Court http://www.wbez.org/programs/here-and-now/2015-10-13/thousands-juvenile-lifers-place-their-hope-supreme-court-113312 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Marsha%20Levick%20%28third%20from%20right%29%20the%20co-founder%20of%20the%20Juvenile%20Law%20Center%20sits%20on%20a%20panel..jpg" style="height: 417px; width: 620px;" title="Marsha Levick (third from right) the co-founder of the Juvenile Law Center sits on a panel. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments Tuesday<a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/new-house-bill-could-cut-some-mandatory-life-sentences-25-years-113236" target="_blank"> on a case that could affect more than 2,300 prison inmates</a> who were convicted as juveniles and are serving life sentences.</div><p>The biggest impact will be felt in Philadelphia, which has more so-called juvenile lifers than any place in country.</p><p>From the&nbsp;<em>Here &amp;&nbsp;Now</em>&nbsp;Contributors Network,&nbsp;Bobby Allyn&nbsp;of WHYY&nbsp;reports that many families of those inmates view the case as their last hope.</p><p><em><strong><a href="http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/local/philadelphia/87065-for-hundreds-of-inmates-who-killed-in-their-youth-chance-for-parole-hinges-on-high-court-ruling" target="_blank">Read more on this story via WHYY</a>.</strong></em></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&mdash; <a href="http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2015/10/13/juvenile-lifers-supreme-court" target="_blank"><em>via Here &amp; Now</em></a></p></p> Tue, 13 Oct 2015 13:03:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/here-and-now/2015-10-13/thousands-juvenile-lifers-place-their-hope-supreme-court-113312 Judge grants parents' request in bid to disprove infant's death was linked to child abuse http://www.wbez.org/news/judge-grants-parents-request-bid-disprove-infants-death-was-linked-child-abuse-109266 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/kalous-CST-112713-0004.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>An Elgin couple seeking to disprove that their infant daughter &ldquo;died of blunt head trauma due to child abuse&rdquo; will have more time to try to overturn that finding in hopes of regaining custody of their young son, a judge ruled Tuesday.</p><p>More than 30 supporters of Kevin and Jaclyn Kalous packed the lobby of the Kane County courthouse in downtown Geneva, many of them hugging the couple before Judge Linda Abrahamson heard their case.</p><p>Their son, 3-year-old Bradley Kalous, was removed from their home on Oct. 30, 2012, shortly after his sister Jillian was hospitalized for a second time with suspected child-abuse injuries.</p><p>Jillian Kalous died on Nov. 2, 2012, at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, where doctors had been treating her for &ldquo;massive brain swelling and visible bruising on both inner thighs.&rdquo; She was 9 months old, and the Cook County Medical Examiner ruled her death a homicide.</p><p>Nobody has been criminally charged, but Jillian&rsquo;s death remains under investigation by the Elgin Police Department.</p><p>Her case was among those <a href="http://voices.suntimes.com/news/sun-timeswbez-investigation-did-the-system-fail-dead-baby-girl-from-elgin/">profiled in a recent <em>Chicago Sun-Times</em> and WBEZ investigation</a> that found that the <a href="http://voices.suntimes.com/news/more-kids-dying-under-illinois-dcfs-watch/">number of children dying while being investigated or monitored</a> by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is on the rise. The news organizations filed a written request to attend Bradley Kalous&rsquo; custody hearing; such proceedings are normally closed to the public.</p><p>DCFS first suspected Jillian was being abused when she was hospitalized with multiple broken bones when she was 3 months old. Within days, DCFS &mdash; working with the Kane County State&rsquo;s Attorney&rsquo;s office &mdash; removed both Jillian and her brother from Kevin Kalous, 37, and Jaclyn Kalous, 31, placing the children with relatives.</p><p>Abrahamson signed off on the children going back home on July 31, 2012, based in part on their parents being cooperative with child-welfare officials and having positive interactions with their children during supervised visits. Kevin and Jaclyn Kalous also agreed to have another caregiver in their home for 30 days.</p><p>On Tuesday, lawyers for the state&rsquo;s attorney&rsquo;s office and DCFS were set to begin arguing that the couple should permanently lose custody of Bradley Kalous based on testimony from medical experts that his sister&rsquo;s injuries were abuse-related.</p><p>But those arguments didn&rsquo;t happen because the couple&rsquo;s attorneys produced a letter from a Vanderbilt University physician who recently reviewed Jillian&rsquo;s medical history and concluded her death likely was caused by an &ldquo;underlying bleeding disorder,&rdquo; not child abuse.</p><p>&ldquo;The family . . . all they want is the truth, and they believe this doctor could help the court,&rdquo; Kalous attorney Todd D. Cohen said.</p><p>Abrahamson agreed to hear more information from the doctor and set another hearing for next month.</p><p>Kevin and Jaclyn Kalous are now allowed to see Bradley Kalous two hours a week. The boy is staying with Kevin Kalous&rsquo; father and was not in court.</p><p>Abrahamson dismissed a request to extend visitation hours.</p><p>&ldquo;Bradley is well-cared for. His needs are being met,&rdquo; she said. Still, she conceded, &ldquo;This is a dreadful time of year to have a child or children in state care.&rdquo;</p><p><em>Chris Fusco is a reporter for the </em>Chicago Sun-Time<em>s. Follow him <a href="https://twitter.com/fuscochris">@fuscochris</a>.</em></p><p><em>Tony Arnold covers Illinois politics and government for WBEZ. Follow him <a href="https://twitter.com/tonyjarnold">@tonyjarnold</a>.</em></p><p><em>Becky Schlikerman from the </em>Chicago Sun-Times<em> contributed to this report.</em></p></p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 08:41:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/judge-grants-parents-request-bid-disprove-infants-death-was-linked-child-abuse-109266 Chicago rapper Chief Keef sentenced to 60 days in juvenile detention http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-rapper-chief-keef-sentenced-60-days-juvenile-detention-105009 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/RS6828_chief keef -scr.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago rapper Chief Keef will be spending time in juvenile detention because of a probation violation.</p><p>On Thursday, Cook County Circuit Judge Carl Anthony Walker sentenced the 17-year-old rapper to 60 days in a juvenile facility. Judge Walker said lesser sanctions would be &quot;inadequate.&quot;</p><p>Last summer, Chief Keef, also known as Keith Cozart, was taped holding a rifle at a gun range as part of a promotional video. As a condition of his probation, Keef can&rsquo;t have any contact with guns.</p><p>The rapper, dressed in a sweatsuit and Velcro sneakers, cried as he told the judge he was sorry for what he had done and promised not to violate his probation again. Keef described himself as a &quot;good-hearted person&quot; and asked for a second chance.</p><p>Assistant Cook County State&rsquo;s Attorney Jullian Brevard called the violation a mockery of the court.</p><p>During the proceedings, Brevard read lyrics from the rapper&#39;s album &quot;Finally Rich,&quot; which he says make multiple references to guns and gangs. The prosecutor said the lyrics show Keef&#39;s failure to take the court&#39;s orders seriously.<br /><br />Keef&rsquo;s lawyer, Dennis Berkson, said Judge Walker&#39;s sentence showed compassion.</p><p>&ldquo;I think the judge is well aware of his recording contract, whatever contractual obligations he has, and his opportunity to really make something of himself,&rdquo; Berkson said.</p><p>Berkson called the video evidence against Keef &quot;stupid&quot; and said the artist&#39;s lyrics shouldn&#39;t be taken at face value.</p><p>Before being lead away in handcuffs, Keef hugged his mother, grandmother, and other family members who had gathered in the courtroom.</p><p>The court will reconvene on March 14th to review reports on the rapper&#39;s progress and to decide whether the case is closed.<br />&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 18 Jan 2013 08:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-rapper-chief-keef-sentenced-60-days-juvenile-detention-105009