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09.12.11 Community-Involved Efforts Lead to Record CPS Attendance Level
Category: Blog

Chicago Public Schools enjoyed a 94.7% attendance rate on the district's first day of school. The turnout this Tuesday marks a four-year high, and a jump from 92.9% last year. CPS attributes the turnout largely to coordinated efforts among the schools, community organizations, and families. One of the main causes of poor first-day attendance is [...] Read more about this over at our blog.

08.26.11 What We Read, August 22-26
Category: Recent Press

Judicial Elections and Judiciary Reform: Last month, the Oklahoma Judicial Ethics Advisory Panel issued an opinion with guidelines on judges and the use of social media. Immigration Court Reform: On August 17, in Chicago, the Department of Homeland Security held a public hearing on its controversial "Secure Communities" program. Undocumented youth led protests and several [...] Check out our blog to read more of this post.

08.25.11 Chicago Tribune: State high court overrules voters on judge picks
Category: Recent Press

Justices now say they've ended practice of appointing those rejected by the voters

08.22.11 CPS Principal Pay-for-Performance Plan Opens the Door for Community Schools
Category: Blog

Merit pay is a notoriously tricky business. Reward short-term returns and you hang the future out to dry. Or, as we've seen in a growing number of school districts across the country, you run the risk of teachers and administrators taking shortcuts (ie, cheating) to grab the brass ring. Mayor Emmanuel has proposed an incentive [...]

08.19.11 What We Read, August 12-19
Category: Blog

Criminal Justice Court Reform: Even conservative states are adopting lighter sentencing policies in response to unsustainable prison costs, reports the New York Times. Matthew Iglesias questions the social, political, and economic rationale behind increasingly curtailing formerly incarcerated individuals' right to work. To read our staff picks, please be sure to visit our blog. Do you have some interesting articles you've read this week? Share them with us in the comments field.

08.18.11 More incarceration does not equal less crime.
Category: Blog

The ACLU posted a fascinating infographic this week. The above graphic compares the change incarceration rates and the change in crime rates from 1999 to 2009. Illinois' prison population has skyrocketed since 1970, but has not grown considerably in the past decade, as illustrated by this chart produced by the John Howard Association, a Chicago-based prison watchdog organization. Over on our blog, you can read more about the facts behind why prison is not the answer.

08.02.11 Save The Date: Annual Fundraising Luncheon
Category: Newsletter Archive

In this issue of our e-newsletter, we focus on three of our program areas: Criminal Justice, Immigration Court Reform, and Financial Access and Fairness.

07.29.11 From Our Blog: Diversion Works
Category: Policy Statements

That's the undisputed message in the most comprehensive study of diversionary drug courts ever completed. The Urban Institute, the Center for Court Innovation, and RTI International, conducted the study, "The Multi-Site Adult Drug Court Evaluation." Researchers evaluated 23 drug courts and 6 traditional court programs for comparison, over a period of 5 years...[Read the entire article on our blog]

06.27.11 Chicago Council of Lawyers Voted 'Best Bar Association' by Chicago Reader
Category: Recent Press

Chicago Council of Lawyers (CCL) - a public interest bar association dedicated to improving the quality of the legal system in Chicago - voted the 'Best Bar Association' in Chicago Reader's 'Best of Chicago 2011.' Chicago Appleseed and CCL often work together to further their mutual goals of reform, accountability, and justice. Congratulations to CCL!

06.24.11 Tough Birthday for War on Drugs - Chicago Muckrakers
Category: Recent Press

"The War on Drugs is now in its ripe middle age, turning 40 this month. But its birthday hasn't been an especially pleasant one." Micah Maidenberg, Chicago Reporter, reports a "few of the top-line findings from two recently published reviews of the drug war around the world and here in Illinois." In his report, he cites Chicago Appleseed's proposal to "re-frame how the county's judges, prosecutors and attorneys deal with non-violent drug defendants." Read more.

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