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In a Major Step toward Federal Oversight of Police Reform, Community Groups Enter into Agreement with City of Chicago and Illinois Attorney General

Press Releases & Statements—In a major development in the fight for federal oversight of the Chicago Police Department (CPD), over a dozen community groups today reached an agreement with the City of Chicago and the Illinois… Continue

Trans Woman Files Emergency Order to Stop Continuing Abuse by Prison OfficialsTrans Woman Files Emergency Order to Stop Continuing Abuse by Prison Officials

Press Releases & Statements—Strawberry Hampton, a 27 year old transgender woman currently incarcerated at Lawrence Correctional Center in Illinois, has filed her third lawsuit in federal court seeking immediate action to… Continue

DISTRICT COURT GRANTS PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION TO RELEASE DARRICK HALL FROM SOLITARYDISTRICT COURT GRANTS PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION TO RELEASE DARRICK HALL FROM SOLITARY

Press Releases & Statements—VICTORY: After 24 years in solitary confinement, Darrick Hall finally has a chance at life in general population.

Wrongfully Convicted “Marquette Park Four” Sue City of Chicago, Chicago Police OfficersWrongfully Convicted “Marquette Park Four” Sue City of Chicago, Chicago Police Officers

Press Releases & Statements—Four men, known collectively as the “Marquette Park Four,” who each spent more than 20 years in prison for crimes they did not commit, are suing the City of Chicago as well as the Chicago… Continue

Man cleared in murder case goes free 19 years in prison, month in ICE detentionMan cleared in murder case goes free 19 years in prison, month in ICE detention

In the News—Chicago Sun-Times reports on release of our client, Gabriel Solache, from ICE detention where he had been held for over 40 days. He was detained by ICE immediately after a judge vacated the criminal… Continue