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EDITORIAL: Addressing the prison system means addressing injustices

EDITORIAL: Addressing the prison system means addressing injustices

September 7, 2019

It seems inhumane to know a woman is going into labor and not help her, right? Well, a jail in Colorado allowed Diana Sanchez to give birth alone and medically unattended on July 31, 2018. Sanchez—w...

OPINION: Incarceration cannot invalidate transgender lives

OPINION: Incarceration cannot invalidate transgender lives

March 16, 2019

Nearly one out of every six transgender Americans will face jail time in their life, according to LGBTQ advocacy group Lambda Legal. More than one-third of those inmates will be sexually assaulted, wherea...

Mass incarceration requires mass reform

March 28, 2016

The next president of the United States has a big job awaiting and hands full of issues needing leadership. Mass incarceration is one of those issues.The crime rate in the United States is similar to that of other stable, developed countries, but incarceration rates are much higher, according to the Prison Policy Initiative, a non-partisan advocacy group.The United States holds 4 percent of the world’s overall populatio...

Prison reform bill keeps jobs locked up

By Editorial Board

October 19, 2015

One in four of the world’s prisoners are incarcerated in the U.S., yet the U.S. only comprises 5 percent of the world’s total population. The disproportionately high number of prisoners in the U.S. can be attributed to its unusually harsh punishments for nonviolent offenders—particularly those convicted of drug charges.In early October, a bipartisan group of legislators led by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-...

‘Synaesthetica’ dissolves boundaries, expands understanding

‘Synaesthetica’ dissolves boundaries, expands understanding

September 14, 2015

“Synaesthetica” is an art installation by Chicago artist Stevie Hanley, which will be on display until Nov. 15 at The International Museum of Surgical Science, 1524 N. Lake Shore Drive. The exhibit in...

Occupy demonstrators rally against prisons

By Kaley Fowler

February 27, 2012

Chants of “Prisoners are the 99 percent!” and “Racist prisons, we say no!” filled the streets of downtown Chicago as Occupy Chicago members made their way to the Metropolitan Correctional Center, 71 W. Van Buren St.Approximately 150 protesters rallied together Feb. 20 at the corner of Jackson Boulevard and LaSalle Street to raise awareness about prison conditions and the way prisoners are treated.“We’re here Occ...

Book on race receives grant

By Alexandra Kukulka

February 6, 2012

Walking into the resource section of a library, there are tall shelves filled with books on various topics from the past and present. Books are free to be checked out with a library card. But how those books get there, how they get published, definitely involves money. A lot of it.The Columbia College Chicago Press received a $12,500 grant from the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation on Jan. 19 for its support of the forthcoming publ...

Formerly incarcerated, on hard times

By Darryl Holliday

December 22, 2010

Jermell Sledge of Chicago Heights spent 12 years in Illinois prisons before re-entering society. He was fired from Walmart after the company learned about his ex-offender status and said he has gone six months to a year without a job despite spending up to eight hours a day looking for one.Sledge, 34, is one of the nearly 260,000 individuals released from Illinois prisons every year, according to Cory Foster, spokesman for the Illinois Department of Corrections. Many of these individuals are finding it increasingly diffi...

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