Who owns a nursing home can be the difference between life and death, according to a new WBEZ analysis.
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.
Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old charged with killing two people during a Wisconsin protest, posted bail and was released from custody.
The lawsuit is the latest effort by Chicago activists to force accountability on the Police Department for its handling of demonstrations.
Chicago leaders have repeatedly blamed gun violence on judges’ decisions about who gets released pretrial. Reforms in 2017 increased releases.
A new study has found that long-term crime trends are driven by economic and demographic factors, like unemployment and teen pregnancy, and not by incarceration.
More than 1,500 inmates and prison staff have died from from the coronavirus so far, according to a UCLA study.
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, who runs the jail, said Thursday he needs help reducing the jail’s population to slow COVID-19 spread.
Cook County’s reform-minded prosecutor faced a law-and-order challenge from a white candidate in the midst of a crime spike.
Rittenhouse, a 17-year-old from Antioch, Ill., is accused of fatally shooting two people during a Wisconsin protest. The court commissioner who set the bail called him a flight risk.
WGN took a closer look at the rising number of people on electronic monitoring and how hundreds of participants are going AWOL.