Prison Gerrymandering – Prisoner Population Counts and Their Effect on Democracy

The practice of gerrymandering—the manipulation of electoral district borders to the benefit of one political party over its rival—has been a feature of American democracy for centuries. Gerrymandering has had a profound effect on the political landscape nationwide at both the state and federal levels, tipping the scales in favor of those who draw electoral… Read More

Journalists Sue Chicago Police Over Hidden Records of SWAT Responses to Mental Health Crises

City Refusal to Release Data About SWAT Team Deployments Since Closures of Mental Health Clinics Prompts Suit CHICAGO – Independent journalist Sarah Lazare and community activist Debbie Southorn sued the Chicago Police Department today demanding release of records about Chicago SWAT deployments responding to mental health crises. A copy of the suit can be found… Read More

Unsealed FBI Document Exposes Collusion Between Prosecutors and Detectives in Obtaining False Confessions

Recently unsealed by a federal judge, a shocking interview between an FBI investigator and a Cook County State’s Attorney reveals systemic collusion between CPD detectives and prosecutors in order to manipulate witnesses and suspects into falsely confessing to crimes. This practice has led to untold numbers of wrongful convictions, including those of the notorious ‘Englewood Four.’… Read More

The Wrongful Conviction Roundup – 2017 Q2

This quarter’s wrongful conviction roundup again highlights alarming patterns of intentional police misconduct resulting in tragic injustice. There are infamous individual cops who have caused tons of wrongful convictions by doing “whatever it takes” to pin a crime on a suspect rather than conscientiously investigating the crime. The result is that the officers invariably nab… Read More

Measures for Justice: “Let the Conversation Begin”

There is rampant injustice hidden in plain sight in our criminal justice system. The news occasionally highlights certain criminal justice patterns for us – police shootings in Chicago, a debtor’s prison system in Ferguson, Missouri, scores of wrongful convictions in Texas. But our information is always limited to high-profile, newsworthy trends because there are virtually… Read More

The End of Police Accountability

Not to be alarmist, but 21 Republican members of Congress have introduced identical bills in the House and Senate that would end important civil rights protections and dramatically change the landscape of this area of the law. With Republicans controlling all branches of the federal government, this destructive bill has a very strong chance of… Read More