News brief: New Illinois Bill on Marijuana Possession

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by Mary C. Piemonte

Changing tactics in their efforts with the war on drugs in the State of Illinois that will also reduce the overcrowding jail and prison crisis, lawmakers introduced a fairly new bill that prescribes to the decriminalization for possession of small amounts of marijuana resulting in misdemeanors and fines instead of permanent criminal records and long-term incarcerations.

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Obama Announces New Plans To Tackle Drug Overdose Crisis

by Mary C. Piemonte

Center for Disease Control and Prevention courtesy photo

Center for Disease Control and Prevention courtesy photo

“The opioid crisis is far from over,” according to a news release from the United States White House on Oct. 21, 2015.

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President Obama on Criminal Justice Reform

by Mary C. Piemonte

Our country continues to faces “a vicious cycle of poverty, criminality, and incarceration that traps too many Americans and weakens too many communities,” according to U.S. President Barack Obama.

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Skyrocketing Tainted Heroin Overdoses in Chicago

Commentary by Mary C. Piemonte

public domain photo of someone injecting Heroin.

public domain photo of someone injecting Heroin.

The synthetic painkiller Fentanyl, a drug that is prescribed to cancer patients and those suffering from chronic pain, is the  potentially dangerous culprit back on the scene causing havoc and chaos in Chicago, according to city health and fire officials. Continue reading

Agreement Reached on Chicago Police “Stop and Search” Practices

News brief by Mary C. Piemonte

Chicago Police Department emblem on building headquarters at 3510 S Michigan Ave

Chicago Police Department emblem on building headquarters at 3510 S Michigan Ave. Photo by Mary C. Piemonte

An official deal has been struck recently between the Chicago Police Department, and the American Civil Liberties Union following a report by the ACLU this March, regarding the questionable stop and search practices and procedures by local police officers. Continue reading

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