10 Ways the Criminal Justice System Is Broken

10 Ways the Criminal Justice System Is Broken

Over the summer, I interned with the Cook County Public Defender Office.  I interviewed clients, observed hearings and trials, toured one of Chicago’s jails, and partook in the defense strategizing of a juvenile homicide case.  This internship exposed me to all parts of the criminal justice system, including the various...

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A Step Backwards: Chicago Records Highest Homicide Rate in 20 Years

A Step Backwards: Chicago Records Highest Homicide Rate in 20 Years

By Catherine Kvam and Alejandro Monzon Some U.S. cities are experiencing spikes in homicides, and citizens and government officials are left wondering how to alleviate the problem. This is especially true for Chicago, the city with the highest homicide rate. According to the Chicago Tribune, there were 78 homicides in...

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To Protect And To Serve

When police officers in Ferguson killed Michael Brown, they renewed an emotionally charged discussion about police brutality against minorities. Thousands took to the streets to express their outrage, which at first focused on these racial tensions. The discussion over racial inequality is an important one, but the police reaction to...

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