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10 Facts About Pretrial Electronic Monitoring In Cook County

By The Chicago Appleseed Center for Fair Courts and the Chicago Council of Lawyers

The Chicago Appleseed Center for Fair Courts and the Chicago Council of Lawyers have released a report that catalogs 10 data-based facts about the Cook County Sheriff's Electronic Monitoring (EM) Program to help the public understand the breadth of this program, who exactly is affected, and to make a determination as to whether it is worth the millions of dollars taxpayers spend each year to maintain it.

The report is a comprehensive analysis of public data from the Cook County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) obtained through public sources, such as the CCSO's website, and through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests by Chicago Appleseed Center for Fair Courts. Our analysis examines who is confined, why they are confined, for how long, and whether they are rearrested while on electronic monitoring. Full documentation and code used to generate the analysis in this report can be found here.

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Posted on September 23, 2021

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Posted on November 3, 2020

10 Facts About Pretrial Electronic Monitoring In Cook County

By The Chicago Appleseed Center for Fair Courts and the Chicago Council of Lawyers
The Cook County Sheriff's Electronic Monitoring Program appears to perpetuate racial disparities in the criminal legal system (surprise!) and destabilize communities without a return for public safety.

Posted on September 23, 2021

Private Equity Destroyed My Job

By Shirley Smith/Other Words
Almost immediately after it bought the company, TH Lee used Art Van's golden name to borrow massive amounts of money and saddle the company with debt. TH Lee also sold off Art Van's real estate, then forced Art Van to pay rent on the same property it once owned. Sound familiar?

Posted on September 21, 2021

OIG: CPD Cannot Meet Constitutional Duty

By The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General
The department has undertaken almost no corrective actions.

Posted on September 16, 2021

When Does Life Begin? There's More Than One Religious View

By Rachel Mikva/The Conversation
By and large, for example, Jewish texts don't confer personhood on a fetus until it is born.

Posted on September 7, 2021

Hucksters Selling 'Vaccine-Detox' Snake Oil Must Be Held Accountable

By The Center for Inquiry
Despicable goldmine enabled by Google and Amazon.

Posted on August 26, 2021

IDOC Mental Health Care Still Unconstitutional After 5 Years

By The Uptown People's Law Center
How many roads must we go down, for how many years, when, despite pious assurances of an commitment to deliver constitutional care, we always end up at the same place - unalleviated mental suffering caused by ignoring community standards of care. Will this ever end?

Posted on August 22, 2021

Afghanistan Only Latest U.S. War Driven By Deceit, Delusion

By Gordon Adams/The Conversation
With healthy assists from the media, who also never seem to learn.

Posted on August 19, 2021

We Are The Least Trustworthy People On The Planet

By Abby Zimet/Common Dreams
The fourth president to oversee yet another senseless war in "the graveyard of empires," he thus found an easy target for what is the "breathtaking failure" of longtime U.S. foreign policy while blithely ignoring the blood-soaked, hubris-laden history behind it - a "post-imperial Western fantasy" of disastrous military or CIA interventions through Africa, Latin America, Southeast Asia and then Iran, Syria, Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, which was never at war with the U.S. and where Donald Rumsfeld, may he have no rest, demanded President George W. Bush "punish and get out."

Posted on August 18, 2021

Postcard From Thermal: Surviving The Climate Gap In Eastern Coachella Valley

By Elizabeth Weil and Mauricio Rodríguez Pons/ProPublica
Where expensive cars are kept cooler than toiling farmworkers.

Posted on August 17, 2021

Acres Of Money Laundering: Why U.S. Real Estate Is A Kleptocrat's Dream

By Global Financial Integrity
Dive into the murky world of global money laundering in which which kleptocrats, criminals, sanctions evaders and corrupt government officials choose the U.S. real estate market as their preferred destination to hide and launder proceeds from illicit activities.

Posted on August 11, 2021

Traitor, Patriot

By Brett Wilkins/Common Dreams
More guts, courage, bravery and honesty than Barack Obama.

Posted on July 26, 2021

Private Equity Comes For Janesville

By Elisa McCartin/Other Words
The Hufcor plant in Janesville, Wisconsin was profitable before investors gobbled it up. Now it's the latest highway robbery by private equity.

Posted on July 21, 2021

CPD Hiring Is Racist

By The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General
Demographic representation among hired police officers substantially differs from representation in the initial applicant pool.

Posted on July 14, 2021

The Myth Of The Absent Black Father

By Christopher Stewart/Minnesota Reformer
A 2017 University of Illinois study on Black families commissioned by Color of Change and Family Story found that "media outlets promoted racially biased portraits and myths that pathologize Black families and idealize white families with respect to poverty and crime. At worst, media outlets amplified those inaccurate depictions for political and financial gain."

Posted on June 30, 2021

When Rich Families Fundraise

By Neal Morton/The Hechinger Report
As bake sales have evolved into Tesla raffles among wealthy families, some parents have raised the idea of redistributing parent donations between affluent and high-poverty schools.

Posted on June 16, 2021

Judge Certifies Class Action Lawsuit Against IDOC

By The Uptown People's Law Center
Illinois prison conditions "stark and horrific," "far below the standards of other state prison systems."

Posted on June 15, 2021

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