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January 31, 2019

Chicago Police Consent Decree Imperfect But Can Protect From Historically Racist And Violent CPD

Statement
No longer will police be able to brutalize first and ask questions later. CHICAGO – The MacArthur Justice Center on Thursday issued the following statement in response to the consent decree intended to reform the Chicago Police Department. The statement can be attributed to Sheila A. Bedi, attorney with the MacArthur Justice Center at Northwestern...
January 29, 2019

‘I’m safe here’: Transgender inmate describes life at Illinois women’s prison after rare transfer based on gender identity

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Chicago Tribune

January 29, 2019

Laquan McDonald’s Family and 21 Community-Based Organizations Demand Action from Attorney General and Special Prosecutor

Press Release
Open letter describes Jason Van Dyke’s sentence as “unlawfully lenient” and outlines legal process to ensure a re-sentencing consistent with the law CHICAGO – On Tuesday, Laquan McDonald’s family representative and 21 local community-based and civil and human rights organizations urged Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul and Kane County State’s Attorney Joseph McMahon to ask...
January 22, 2019

After 2016 Ruling, Battles Over Juvenile Lifer Cases Persist

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U.S News

January 7, 2019

Federal Judge Certifies Class Action Lawsuit Against Parole System for Unconstitutionally Re-incarcerating Thousands Annually

Press Release
Contact: Amy Breihan Phone: 314 254 8540 Email: amy.breihan@macarthurjustice.org St. Louis – A federal court has certified a class-action lawsuit alleging the State of Missouri re-incarcerates thousands of people in defiance of U.S. Supreme Court rulings guaranteeing that parolees receive certain due process protections when states consider depriving them of their liberty due to alleged...
January 2, 2019

How solitary confinement drove a young inmate to the brink of insanity

Article

Chicago Tribune

December 28, 2018

Transgender inmate gets rare transfer to female prison

Article
Hampton, of Chicago, had requested the transfer on grounds she’d be less vulnerable to the sexual assault, taunting and beatings she was subjected to in male prisons…The IDOC’s hand was forced last month by a federal court that found Hampton had a strong case that her equal-protection rights were violated. Her lawyers said it was...

Associated Press

December 27, 2018

Transgender inmate moved to Illinois women’s prison after alleging years of abuse

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“It’s an important first step that we hope will lead to the Department of Corrections recognizing that all trans women need to be free from abuse and discrimination while in custody,” [Vanessa del Valle] said. “And that includes properly housing them in women’s prisons.”

Chicago Tribune

December 27, 2018

Illinois Prison Officials House Transgender Woman in Women’s Prison

Press Release
CHICAGO, IL – The Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) has moved Strawberry Hampton, a 27-year-old transgender woman, from the all-male prisons where she was held, to Logan Correctional Center, a women’s prison. This comes after a year of IDOC rejecting Ms. Hampton and her lawyers’ pleas, and opposing a lawsuit that sought this transfer. Ms....
December 27, 2018

Transgender Prisoner Moved to Illinois Women’s Prison After Alleged Abuse

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WTTW