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  • The criminal justice reform bill passed by the Illinois legislature and signed by Gov. Pritzker this year includes changes to almost every area of the justice system. By 2023, cash bail will be eliminated. Illinois’ training and standards board will investigate police misconduct allegations and pursue decertification, regardless of whether an officer was charged, convicted, or disciplined by his or her department. The use of deadly force by police to stop and arrest people who don’t pose a danger is prohibited.

    This Injustice Watch virtual town hall aims to provide accurate information about what’s in the law, and its implications for communities. Co-moderators Adeshina Emmanuel and Juliet Sorensen will be posing questions submitted by local organizations about the issues that matter to them most.


    Sharone Mitchell is the Cook County Public Defender. He was appointed to his position in April 2021. Previously, Sharone served as director of the Illinois Justice Project, an organization that works towards advancing criminal justice policy reform, reducing recidivism, and breaking the cycle of crime and violence. He began his career as an assistant Cook County public defender.

    Robert J. Peters is a member of the Illinois Senate for the 13th district, which includes all or parts of East Side, Hyde Park, Kenwood, South Chicago, South Shore, and Woodlawn. Peters took office on January 6, 2019 to succeed Kwame Raoul. Prior to his appointment, Peters was the political director for Reclaim Chicago and the People's Lobby.

    Patricia Van Pelt is a member of the Illinois Senate, representing the 5th district, which is located on the West Side of Chicago. She has served in the Illinois Senate since 2013. Prior to her service in the Senate, she was a community activist and ran for Mayor of Chicago.

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    Adeshina Emmanuel is the editor-in-chief at Injustice Watch. His work over the past decade has spanned hyperlocal and national reporting with a focus on race, class, and institutional injustice. Before coming to Injustice Watch in 2019, Adeshina covered education at Chalkbeat, was an investigative reporter at the Chicago Reporter, and a neighborhood reporter at DNAinfo Chicago.

    Juliet Sorensen is the Executive Director of Injustice Watch and a Clinical Professor at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. She is the co-author of Public Corruption and the Law: Cases and Materials (West Academic 2017), and the author of Human Rights and Corruption (Edward Elgar 2021).
  • 9/29/21 at 6:30 PM -
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