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Patrick Smith

Patrick Smith

Producer

Patrick Smith is a producer for WBEZ. He produces All Things Considered and reports on politics and criminal justice. Patrick joined WBEZ as an intern in 2013 and never left.

He has a B.S. in news reporting and writing from Columbia College Chicago and an almost M.A. in public affairs reporting from the same place. His reporting has won awards from the Associated Press, the Chicago Headline Club, the Radio Television Digital News Association and the Chicago Bar Association.

Patrick grew up a few miles north of Detroit. Now he lives in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood. 

Recent Stories

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Juvenile Court Hearings To Be Held 365 Days A Year

The county’s juvenile court will now hold probable cause hearings on weekends and holidays.

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Chief Judge Timothy Evans To Face Rare Challenge

County judges will gather Thursday to select a leader. Chief Judge Timothy Evans has held the position the past 15 years.

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Judge: Treatment Of Juvenile Detainees 'Mind Boggling'

A lawsuit claims the practice of jailing kids over the weekend is unconstitutional. A judge gave the county a week to address the problem.

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New Lawsuit Says Cook County Is Violating Juveniles’ Due Process

Juvenile courthouses don’t have to hold hearings on weekends in Illinois. A lawsuit suggests that policy can violate the 4th Amendment.

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Murder Charges Filed In 1991 Death

The investigation into Cateresa Matthews' killing reopened in 2014, after DNA evidence failed to link five imprisoned men to the crime.

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Federal Lawsuit Challenging Restrictions On Illinois Sex Offenders Due In Court

A group of convicted child sex offenders say key restrictions are so broad it’s impossible to know where they are allowed or not allowed to go.

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Prison Workers Picket Over Disputed Assault

IDOC blames workers while the union blames the department for an inmate attack that injured six guards.

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Formerly Jailed Juveniles Suing Cook County, 20th Century Fox

A pair of 17-year-olds who spent time in Cook County’s juvenile jail are suing over the filming of the show Empire.

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Assault At Illinois Prison Leads To Calls For Stricter Security Measures

Six guards were injured in an assault by five inmates that the union says was the culmination of a troubling trend of violence at Pontiac.

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Judge Approves Plan To Stop Bringing Detainees Back To Cook County Jail After Release Order

Agreement means big changes at Chicago jails, but small payouts for former detainees.

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Why Weren't Body Cams Recording During Recent Chicago Police Shooting?

The Illinois lawmaker who helped write the law regulating how police use body cameras says he didn’t see anyone break policy in the Chicago police shooting videos released last week.

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Top City Investigators Point Fingers Over Police Shooting Reports

Chicago’s Inspector General called comments from the head of the Independent Police Review Authority “extraordinary.”

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Inspector General Finds Failings In IPRA Reporting On Police Shootings

A new report says the Independent Police Review Authority provided inaccurate and incomplete information to the public.

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Major League Baseball’s Trade Deadline Update

The White Sox GM says the South Siders are “mired in mediocrity,” but the team just missed a big deadline for overhauling the club this season.

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Two Overnight Police Shootings Leave One Dead

One person is dead and another wounded following two separate shootings by Chicago police.

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IPRA Recommends Drastic Changes To Police Use Of Force Policy

The agency that investigates police shootings says CPD should “express a clearer, stronger commitment to the sanctity of life.”

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Are Sex Offender Restrictions So Vague They’re Unconstitutional?

A lawsuit says when rules are too broad, registered offenders end up afraid of visiting family, churches or hospitals.

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Despite Temporary Budget, Many Illinois Groups Still Hurting

In the Rockford area, juvenile crime is up thanks to budget impasse.

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With Stopgap Deal, What's Next For Redeploy Illinois?

In October, a program in Winnebago County that helped juvenile offenders stay out of prison and get back on the right track closed because of the lack of state funding.

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City Lawyers Hid Evidence Of Police Misconduct

Municipal lawyers rarely attract public attention, but court records indicate they are often a weak link in exposing police misdeeds.

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