A poll conducted in mid-June found that most respondents thought police officers should be held legally accountable for misconduct. But few respondents favored cutting funding for law enforcement.
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.
Sgt. Javier Esqueda was stripped of his police powers and placed on leave after releasing video of alleged police misconduct
Nearly 550 detainees and about 450 employees at Cook County Jail have tested positive for the virus since mid-March.
Pandemic Brings New Urgency To The Problem Of Illinois Holding Prisoners Long After They’ve Served Their Time
Criminal justice reform organizations are calling on Gov. Pritzker to ease conviction-based housing restrictions so hundreds of people can finally be released.
At least 17 people — including two young children — were shot and killed in Chicago over Fourth of July weekend. Dozens more were wounded.
Mayor Lightfoot Disputes WBEZ’s Report On CPD’s Anti-Violence Plan. Here’s The Transcript Of The Top Cop Describing It.
A transcript of the news conference shows Police Supt. David Brown grappling with city’s gun violence and his preparation for the holiday weekend.
The people doing the shooting are traumatized themselves and often driven by righteous anger, say violence prevention workers.
Where Springfield is at in their efforts to legislate meaningful police reform. Plus, an update on COVID-19 in Illinois.
What might police reform look like in Illinois when it’s all said and done?
Experts say the current fight over anti-lynching legislation reflects America’s racist history.