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Patrick Smith

Patrick Smith

Criminal Justice Reporter

Patrick Smith is a criminal justice reporter for WBEZ. Before joining the criminal justice desk, Patrick produced All Things Considered and Morning Edition for WBEZ. He joined WBEZ as an intern in 2013 and never left.

Patrick has a B.S. in news reporting and writing from Columbia College Chicago. His reporting has won awards from the Associated Press, the Chicago Headline Club, the Radio Television Digital News Association, the Chicago Bar Association and others.

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

Recent Stories

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Last Year's Aurora Shooting Exposed Loopholes In Illinois Gun Policy. What's Changed Since?

In the aftermath of the shooting at Henry Pratt, politicians, police and advocates agreed serious changes needed to be made.

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'Sweeping' CPD Reorganization Elevates Reform Efforts

Chicago’s temporary top cop makes major changes to CPD structure, including creating Office of Constitutional Policing.

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20% In 2020: Setting Goals For Reducing Murder In Chicago

Chicago anti-violence groups gathered Tuesday to challenge themselves and the city to get below 400 murders for the year.

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Chicago Prostitution Enforcement Focuses On Women Selling Sex, Not Buyers Or Traffickers

A report says as prostitution related tickets and arrests have dropped, enforcement is aimed almost exclusively at “the most vulnerable.”

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From ‘Hot Mess’ To ‘Priceless’: CPD Triples Field Trainers In Overhaul Of Crucial Program

Chicago police officials say they’ve turned around a training program that feds warned “actively undermines” constitutional policing.

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Experts: Physical Evidence Shows Teen Had Gun, But Wasn’t Holding It When Shot By Police

Experts, including one hired by the officer, agree the physical evidence shows gun was in Raye’s pocket, not in his hand as officer claimed.

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After Decades Of Neglect, Survey Shows Progress On CPD Training Program

New police academy graduates are now assigned a field training officer to help translate the lessons learned in the classroom.

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CPD Tried To Drastically Reduce Suspension For Cop Who Killed Joshua Beal

New report shows COPA recommended a 90-day suspension for Officer Joseph Treacy. The Police Department tried to get it down to three days.

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Degradation, Neglect And Roaches: Inside Illinois’ Largest Women’s Prison

A new report from an independent prison watchdog finds serious problems with staffing, safety and deteriorating physical conditions.

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Why Prosecutors Added Strange New Charge To R. Kelly Case

Kelly is set to be arraigned on a new charge linked to the singer Aaliyah. It comes on top of 38 charges already pending against him.

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What Chicagoans Want In Their Next Police Superintendent

The Chicago Police Board on Wednesday held the second of three public meetings on their search for the city’s next top cop.

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Beck Suspends CPD’s Controversial ‘Merit’ Promotions

The system was meant to eliminate racial disparities in promotions, but officers have long complained it is a tool of political cronyism.

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Eddie Johnson Transferred Reported Love-Interest As Scandal Snowballed

A CPD spokesman confirmed the woman lost her plum job a couple weeks after she spent an evening drinking with city's top cop.

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Watchdog: Assaults On Staff Down At St. Charles Youth Prison

Youth on staff assaults are down about 40% compared to last year, according to the prison watchdog John Howard Association.

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Report: CPD Counseling Unit Lacks ‘Essential Technology’

Court-mandated assessment found CPD employees hold mostly positive view of counseling unit, but staff lacks a shared calendar or ability to track almost anything.

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Foxx Rolls Out Data To Show Her Office Is Focused On Repeat Gun Offenders

Foxx started the Gun Crimes Strategies Unit in 2017. Prosecutors in the unit work out of Chicago police districts and focus on gun crimes.

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UChicago Touts Early Numbers On Anti-Violence Program

READI Chicago was started to connect the men closest to gun violence with jobs and therapy. An early analysis has some positive signs.

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‘We Don’t Do Hospitals’: CPD Sergeant Suspended For Refusing Medical Aid To Man Who Later Died

Sgt. Sean Tully refused to take Philip Coleman to the hospital. The next day, Coleman died in police custody after being given a sedative.

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Chicago Blows ¾ Of Police Reform Deadlines

Court-appointed monitor credits the city for making progress, but says city is not keeping pace with court-mandated reforms.

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Can The Right Superintendent Fix What’s Wrong With Policing In Chicago?

The next top cop must restore community trust, rebuild officer morale and reduce gun violence. The question is whether anyone can deliver.

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