The Women #MeToo Leaves Behind

The #MeToo movement has captured many people’s attention and sparked conversations about the important issues of stopping sexual harassment and equalizing pay for women. But there are huge sectors of women in our society who lack the #MeToo movement’s power and resources to fight back. Some of these women are shut out of the work… Read More

Racism in Blue

Just before Trump’s inauguration, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a Report summarizing its recent investigation of the Chicago Police Department (CPD), which resulted in many important findings. The Report discusses the police department’s pattern and practice of using excessive force, including rampant and unwarranted police shootings, profoundly unethical police practices, and a… Read More

The Profit Motive to Detain Immigrants

The Christmas season is often thought of as a time to spread joy, hope, and generosity. What better time to think about how our country treats immigrants, particularly asylum seekers. They come to this country seeking mercy because they are unable to return home due to the risk of death or injury as a result of their… Read More

A Personal Way to Help

As we move into the holiday season, it is a time for thinking about how to give back in a way that is impactful. This is especially true as many of us worry about the state of our communities and our country. There are, of course, wonderful national organizations like the Equal Justice Initiative (challenging injustice… Read More

The Price of School Cops

One disturbing trend in recent years has been the tremendous increase in the number of police officers patrolling inside of schools, kindergarten through high school. In theory, school cops or “school resource officers” are intended to reduce crime, school drug use, bullying, and truancy and to deter mass shootings. But at what price? For starters,… Read More

Improving Juvenile Justice

This has been a big week for juvenile justice. First, the Supreme Court ruled that adults and children who were sentenced in their youth to mandatory life in prison without parole should be allowed to ask a court to reconsider their sentence. And second, President Obama banned putting incarcerated children in solitary confinement in federal… Read More

How Does US Justice Stack Up? An International Comparison

As we near the end of the year, it seems like a good time to reflect, so I thought I’d examine how the United States compares to other countries in matters of policing and criminal justice. Unfortunately, an international comparison of criminal justice statistics shows just how far behind our country is. Police shootings: This… Read More

Gratitude and Privilege in the Justice System

As I prepare to celebrate the holiday season, I am struck by things that I am grateful for, but which are denied to many in our communities. In particular, I am concerned with privilege as it relates to the justice system. Basic rights become privilege when our system offers the rights only to some, while… Read More

Journalist, Attorney Respond to Mayor Emanuel’s Comments on Release of Police Shooting Video

November 13, 2015 – In a story date-lined 1:43 PM today, the Chicago Tribune reports that Mayor Emanuel commented on why the City of Chicago is still refusing to release police film of an officer shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald sixteen times in October 2014. The Tribune reports that Mayor Emanuel said that now is not… Read More

Who Understands Miranda Rights?

  A person needs to be an adult to sign a legally enforceable contract. You can’t even legally commit to a gym membership until you’re 18 because the law assumes that children are too young to understand the full implications of most legal arrangements and commit themselves to a binding future. And yet, the courts… Read More