Category Archives: Cook County News

U.S. Attorney Report on Chicago Crime

by Mary C. Piemonte

U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon,  (Northern District of Illinois), talking about past and present Chicago crime statistics during the “Rethinking the War on Drugs” symposium at Northwestern Law School on Feb. 21, 2014.

Report on Cook County Jail

by Mary C. Piemonte

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle talking about the effect the War on Drugs policies has had on the county criminal justice system during the “Rethinking the War on Drugs” symposium at Northwestern Law School on Feb. 20, 2014.

More raw footage of 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 on Jan. 13, 2014 here.

Report on Expanding Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment in U.S. Criminal Justice System

by Mary C. Piemonte

Harold Pollack, co-director at the University of Chicago Crime Lab, talking about the opportunity to expand mental health and substance abuse treatment in the U.S. criminal justice system, during the “Rethinking the War on Drugs” symposium at Northwestern Law School on Feb. 20, 2014

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

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.