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  • Addiction is a medical issue not a moral failing

    It is disingenuous to argue that jail-based substance addiction treatment will be imperiled and lives will be put at risk if the irreparable cash-bail system in place in Illinois is replaced by an alternative that does not use cash. It is even worse when you find out that the in-jail treatment program fails to follow medical science.

  • Oh the horror – cops and prosecutors not “enforcing” the LAWS

    The criminal justice system is the wrong system to address substance addiction. Prosecutors are well within their authority to decline prosecuting certain drug-related charges. Just because a law is on the books does not mean it deserves to have resources directed to its enforcement. After all, adultery and fornication are still illegal in Illinois. You don’t see many people arrested and prosecuted for these crimes.

  • Jamie Mosser Letter to Legislators Re Criminal Justice Reform Bill HB 3653

    The Black legislators representing predominantly Black communities that have been over-policed for decades and have suffered the greatest as a consequence of systemic racism, coupled with community organizers and attorneys who have been on the frontlines of criminal justice reform for upwards of 5 decades, were involved in this debate. This debate did not start last month or even last year. It’s been raging for centuries.

  • Keeping Cash Bail to Make Money – Ghosts of Black Codes

    The tactics of Sen. DeWitte – decrying the loss of revenue as a reason to perpetuate a racist and economically biased system – falls clearly outside the realm of reasonable disagreement. These tactics are racist.

  • Appellate Court overturns Kane County Judge on pandemic issues

    The Honorable Judge Kevin T. Busch granted a local restaurant a temporary restraining order preventing the enforcement of pandemic mitigation measures implemented by Gov. Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health in October 2020. The appellate court overturned that… Read More ›

  • Criminal Justice Reform Explained: Calls in Custody

    One of the problems addressed in the recently passed criminal justice reform legislation is the denial of a person’s right to make phone calls to family and to attorneys when in police custody. The current law was passed in 1963 and calls for reasonable calls within a reasonable amount of time being allowed. In practice this does not pan out – at least not for poor people, Black people, and other people of color. The data on this is damning. This video helps explain why we needed to reform this law and what the new law does.

  • Criminal Justice and Police Reform in Illinois – Why Now?

    Will the recently passed reform legislation in Illinois really cause bloodshed as some law enforcement officials claim? This video explains why this reform is necessary and why now is the right time for it.

  • A Look at the Kane County Sheriff’s Office under Ron Hain

    The challenges to fixing the broken criminal justice system and implementing greater accountability for the police will be a daunting undertaking even if Sheriff Hain and State’s Attorney Mosser re-discover their progressive commitments. The COVID-19 pandemic is resurgent, the wide-spread availability and efficacy of a vaccine remains uncertain, and the commitment of the county board and municipal leaders to rehabilitation and reintegration remains unproven. All of these variables will present additional challenges for all divisions of the Kane County Sheriff’s Office in the months to come.

  • Police Reform and Kane County

    When a public servant does the right thing he or she deserves the public’s support. Kane County Sheriff Ron Hain has received a lot of attaboys for some of the work he is doing in Kane County since his election… Read More ›

  • Political, Sociological, and Legal Barriers to Confronting Domestic Terrorism

    We’ve waged a “global” war on terror after 9/11. When will we address the terrorism that has been in plain sight for centuries at home?