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Mary C. Piemonte is a national award-winning professional journalist, and county-wide award winning photographer

Cook County Board President on “unfair and inequitable” criminal justice system practices

by Mary C. Piemonte

Cook County Board President talking about the American Justice system with Actress Anna Deavere Smith and David Axelrod in early January 2014..  Photo by Mary C. Piemonte

Cook County Board President talking about the American Justice system with Actress Anna Deavere Smith and David Axelrod in early January 2014.  Photo by Mary C. Piemonte

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has been a vocal advocate for alternative options to sentencing youth charged with low-level crimes, including drug-related offenses. Continue reading

President Obama: Lawmakers Should Act on Bipartisan Sentencing Reform Measures

by  Mary C. Piemonte

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

Official White House Courtesy Photo by Pete Souza

This year, ” lawmakers should act on the kinds of bipartisan sentencing reform measures already working their way through Congress” U. S. President Barack Obama said  in a press release on Dec. 19, 2013.

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Preckwinkle on “Racism” in the American Criminal Justice System

by Mary C. Piemonte


Raw footage of Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle talking about the “unfair and inequitable” American criminal justice system practices,  during a talk with actress Anna Deavere Smith on ” Grace and Politics” at Logan Center for the Arts moderated by Alexis Axelrod and organized by University of Chicago Institute of Politics, Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, and University of Chicago Arts on Jan. 13, 2014.

John Howard Association 2013 Monitoring Report of IYC Facility

Current report on the conditions at the “IYC” medium-security youth facility  located on the west side of the City of Chicago, by the prison watchdog John Howard Association.

http://thejha.org/sites/default/files/IYC%20Chicago%20Report%202013%20%281%29.pdf