Media Advisory: Historic Lawsuit Challenges Practice of Jailing People Too Poor to Pay Bond

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 24, 2016 Press Conference: Tuesday, October 25, 2016, 9:00AM Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law 375 E. Chicago Ave., 8th floor, Chicago, IL 60611 Contacts: Alexa Van Brunt, MacArthur Justice Center: 312-503-1336, a-vanbrunt [at] law [dot] northwestern [dot] edu Max Suchan, Chicago Community Bond Fund: 773-551-2353, max [at] chicagobond [dot] org Historic Lawsuit Challenges Practice of… Read more →

ACS Panel on Judicial Diversity

Staff attorney Elizabeth Monkus participated in a panel discussion with Justice Mary Jane Theis and Circuit Court judges Patrice Ball-Reed and Rossana Fernandez at the American Constitution Society’s first Midwest Convening on Saturday, October 15. The panel discussed diversity on the bench and The Gavel Gap report, released by ACS in July of this year. The conversation was lively and engaging.… Read more →

Annual Luncheon Raffle Prize Winners

  2016 Annual Luncheon Raffle Prize Winners   Grand Prize: Natalie Spears One week’s stay in Wren Cottage on the Hampshire/Dorset border in England,  in the small village of Alderholt about 80 miles SW of London.   First Prize: H. Karis A pair of tickets to Hamilton: An American Musical in Chicago at the PrivateBank Theatre   Additional Prize Packages:… Read more →

Leighton Criminal Courts Building

The ACT Initiative Is Bringing Best Practices to Cook County’s Criminal Courts

In 2013, Chicago Appleseed helped the Circuit Court of Cook County design and establish the Access to Community Treatment (ACT) Court, an Adult Redeploy Illinois program. Like all ARI initiatives, the ACT Court was designed to divert people charged with nonviolent crimes from the Illinois prison system. Since the ACT Court formally launched in the spring of 2014, Appleseed has… Read more →

Chicago Council of Lawyers Releases Statement on Police Accountability Report

In April 2016, the Police Accountability Task Force issued their 190-page report: Recommendations for Reform: Restoring Trust between the Chicago Police and the Communities They Serve. The Report addresses many subjects, ranging from how to improve police-community relations to how to respond to persons with mental health problems. Our partner in the Collaboration for Justice, the Chicago Council of Lawyers… Read more →