“We know that there are thousands of encounters every year where people are injured at the hands of the police,” reporter Joseph Neff said.
The investigative reporters on WBEZ’s criminal justice desk tell the stories of the thousands of individuals churning through the legal systems every year in Chicago, Cook County and Illinois and hold to account the powerful officials in charge of those systems. Covering policing, jails and prisons, gun violence and solutions to it, WBEZ’s Criminal Justice team works to bring understanding to some of the most difficult problems facing our region.
Chicago Sgt. Alvin Jones could face discipline for his role in an earlier narcotics arrest involving corrupt former Sgt. Ronald Watts.
President Joe Biden on Wednesday unveiled a new plan to tackle gun violence in the U.S. Local anti-violence groups weigh in.
As part of the efforts, the Treasury Department will inform states that they can use funds allotted by the American Rescue Plan to aid in reducing gun violence.
Police in Benton Harbor, MI reopen a 30-year old cold case where a Black teen was found dead.
Reset examines what public safety would look like if more non-criminal 911 calls were diverted to crisis responders and not police.
A data presentation from Cook County’s top prosecutor raised apparently unwelcome questions about who CPD is arresting for gun crimes.
At an Illinois prison, evidence of abuse in a camera blind spot went ignored for years: “Those officers thought … ‘We can completely get away with this.’ ”
Nationally, police have shot and killed about 950 people in the past year. How does that compare with other countries?