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Criminal Justice

The investigative reporters on WBEZ’s criminal justice desk tell the stories of the thousands of individuals churning through the legal systems every year in Chicago, Cook County and Illinois and hold to account the powerful officials in charge of those systems. Covering policing, jails and prisons, gun violence and solutions to it, WBEZ’s Criminal Justice team works to bring understanding to some of the most difficult problems facing our region.

The draft policy aims to undercut a dramatic rise in stops that disproportionately target people of color and rarely lead to arrests. “It felt like it was time to do something about it,” said Foxx, who is stepping down as Cook County state’s attorney this year.
Hundreds of people across the state can be found in solitary confinement - or restrictive housing - for spans ranging from 10 days to more than 12 years.
Ghian Foreman – the longest serving member of the Chicago Police Board – has left the agency. Foreman served on the police oversight commission for 14 years - much of that time as the president. He was appointed by Mayor Richard M. Daley. He’s departing with the future of the agency in doubt – after a judge’s ruling that officers facing termination and year-plus suspensions have the right to bypass the public board and have their cases decided through arbitration. Foreman joins Mary Dixon now to talk about that and what he’s seen in his many years on the board.
About two dozen student protesters set up tents on Deering Meadow Thursday morning. Police and school administrators responded quickly.