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

Police Violence Against Native Americans

With all our talk about police violence aimed at poor and minority communities, we have yet to talk about the group most likely to be killed by law enforcement: Native Americans. Native American men are incarcerated at four times the rate of white men and Native American women are sent to prison at six times the… Read More

Girls in the Justice System

                                After all of the interest in our recent post Too Many Women in Prison, let’s take a look at where the female over-incarceration problem often starts—girls in the justice system. While youth arrests are generally declining, the rates for… Read More