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Please celebrate the holiday season in a responsible manner

With the holiday season upon us, one needs to remember if drinking alcohol, do it responsibly. At this time of year, many people drink and drive and run the risk of hurting themselves and/or others as well as being arrested for driving under the influence. Such an arrest can result in having a criminal record […]

Illinois Campus Crime Trends

Recent news events have focused the public’s attention on campus crime. All colleges and universities are mandated to report crime statistics to the United States Department of Education, Office of Post-Secondary Education under the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistic Act. When I was executive director of the Illinois Criminal […]

The Illinois Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act

In Illinois, certain persons and professionals are mandated reporters of child abuse or neglect to the Department of Children and Family Services under the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act, 325 ILCS 5/1, et. al. Failure to report suspected abuse or neglect can result in state license disciplinary proceedings or criminal prosecution. The statute has […]

Veterans Courts

Since today is Veterans Day, it seems appropriate to mention the specialized courts that serve veterans in the criminal justice system. I am happy to note that Cook County has more than one of these courts which aid veterans who may suffer from substance abuse, mental health or co-occurring disorders. I am also proud to […]

Prosecutors cannot cross-examine or comment on a defendant’s post-arrest silence

Approximately two months ago, in People v. Deny Quinonez, No. 1-09-2333, the Illinois Appellate court (1st Dist.), affirmed Illinois law that a defendant’s post-arrest silence cannot be used to cross-examine him at trial. This case is significant because it stated that although the federal Constitution does not purport to prohibit the use of silence prior […]

Increased mental health services needed

In my practice, I continually deal with mental health issues, whether in the criminal and juvenile justice arenas or when they factor into issues in civil cases. Many of these issues manifest themselves when the afflicted are juveniles or young adults. When children’s mental health issues are virtually ignored, they will not disappear. Although most […]

OIG Report on Enhanced Screening of Bureau of Prisons Correctional Officer Candidates Could Reduce Likelihood of Misconduct

Today. I was interviewed by the Voice of Russia America on the importance of the newly issued report of the Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General on “Enhanced Screening of Bureau of Prisons Corrections Officer Candidates Could Reduce Likelihood of Misconduct.” Although the vast majority of correctional officers appropriately handle their duties […]

Resources for the girls at the Warrenville Youth Center

It is nice to post about something positive and uplifting regarding opportunities for the girls in the Illinois juvenile justice system. A few years ago, the Illinois Juvenile Department of Corrections was retooled and renamed the Department of Juvenile Justice but with the state of the state’s economy, still too little resources are available to […]

Release of Female Offenders

As Executive Director of the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, I encouraged innovative research on women and girl offenders. As a private practitioner, I have continued my efforts to aid women in the criminal justice system. Although I do not practice in California, it is noteworthy, that that state’s prison system is planning on releasing […]

Civil Stalking No Contact Orders

In Illinois, the courts hold domestic violence civil order of protection proceedings over persons who have had a dating or familial relationship. The courts now also hold civil stalking no contact proceedings for persons who have not had such a relationship but where conduct is alleged to have reached the level of stalking. The legislative […]

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