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Category: COVID-19

Are Technical Probation Violations in IL on Hold Right Now?

While probation offices across Illinois are closed or operating with fewer employees due to COVID-19, there may be a decrease in technical probation violations resulting in any real punishments.

For many years, criminal justice researchers have gathered a lot of data about whether or not punishments for non-criminal probation violations are helpful to anyone. With many probation offices changing the way they do things during the COVID-19 pandemic, that question is being asked again.

So what is the difference between [...]

Police Crack Down After Spike in COVID-19 Domestic Violence Cases

The COVID-19 shutdown has affected Americans in many ways. Aside from (and possibly due in part to) the financial impact, there have been a number of other unintended side effects of this pandemic.

Across the nation, authorities are seeing a noticeable rise in domestic violence cases being called in. The spike in domestic violence reports is particularly worrisome to police because they believe the actual number of incidents may be far larger and going unreported.

While increased stress in the [...]

How the Stay-at-Home Order Could Land Some Chicagoans Criminal Charges

 

A majority of Chicagoans are spending most of their days indoors thanks to the unprecedented stay-at-home order. Living through this quarantine order can be stressful and this tension can cause some people to make decisions they may not otherwise – decisions that can have legal consequences.

If you find yourself in a dispute with a neighbor because you’re now constantly at home due to the stay-at-home order or taking actions you normally wouldn’t due to boredom or stress, then [...]

Store Owners Beware: IL Governor Addresses Price-Gouging

The recent COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted that even in a time of crisis some people are interested in profit — at the expense of others’ misfortune.

Reports of companies and individuals price-gouging, among other white-collar crimes, abound. You are probably already aware that items being hardest hit include toilet paper, hand sanitizer, surgical masks, and other necessary medical equipment.

Since the initial outbreak, Illinois officials have reported over seven hundred calls from people complaining of price-gouging. And the Governor of [...]

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Chicago Just Had Its Most Violent Day in 60 Years

Murder | Violent Crimes

Chicago sees its fair share of violence and crime, but over a weekend at the end of May, violence saw a new high.

According to the University of Chicago Crime Lab, May 31, 2020, was the most violent day Chicago has seen since it started collecting data in 1961. Eighteen people were killed in one day, and 25 were killed in total before the weekend was over.

Murder is a crime that carries with it severe penalties, but being charged [...]

Could Protests Lead to Real Criminal Justice Changes in Chicago?

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Protests that are moving across America are meant to highlight racism in the United States and how it plays out in numerous ways in our society each day. In doing this, these protests are also highlighting the myriad ways that the criminal justice system in this country must be reformed… and starting to make those reforms a reality.

Here are just a few of the criminal justice reforms that activists are working on to help ensure all Americans are free [...]

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