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President Obama Makes History by Visiting Federal Prison

by Mary C. Piemonte

U.S. President Barack Obama at NAACP Convention in Philadelphia on July 14, 2015.

U.S. President Barack Obama at NAACP Convention in Philadelphia on July 14, 2015.

Barack Obama made history recently, when he became the first U.S. President to visit a federal prison.

He went to a medium-security lockup in El Reno, Oklahoma,“to shine a spotlight”on his criminal justice reform efforts that include reform “in the cell block” according to remarks he made two days earlier at the NAACP’s 106th national convention in Philadelphia, Pa. on July 14, 2015.
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New Police Reform Legislation Awaits Governor Rauner’s Approval

News brief: by Mary C. Piemonte

Rep. Elgie Sims (D - Chicago), joined by members of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus discusses the recently passed body camera and police reform legislation

Rep. Elgie Sims (D – Chicago), joined by members of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus discusses the recently passed body camera and police reform legislation. Photo courtesy of Rep. Sims

In an attempt to restore the broken trust of communities of color against police officers in the state of Illinois, Rep. Elgie R. Sims Jr (D-Chicago) recently spear-headed some legislation that will update policing regulations to avoid more tragedies. Continue reading