Class X: Who Gets a Second Chance in Our Criminal Justice System?

Illinois has been making moves toward reducing incarceration, but there is a large group of people who are being left behind. People like twenty-one-year-old Joe Montgomery, who have been sentenced with Class X felonies, make up almost a third of Illinois’ prison population, according to the Illinois Department of Corrections. Some say these individuals who need the most help are instead left with few options but prison. City Bureau reporters Sajedah Al-khzaleh and Bia Medious report.

A Court Program That Connects Participants to Services Instead of Prison Sentences Just Got Expanded

This summer, Illinois passed a law that will allow people who’ve committed certain violent crimes to access court programs at Adult Redeploy Illinois, which connects participants with rehabilitation services rather than defaulting to punitive measures like prison sentences and fines. Advocates for the law, including David Olson, see it as an important part of Illinois’s ongoing efforts to reduce its prison population, decrease crime and save money.

Religious Holidays Aren’t Represented Equally on Campus

It’s that time of year again, and Loyola has decked out its buildings with decorations for the holiday season. But Christmas gets more attention on campus than other religious holidays. Although Loyola fosters a space for non-Christian religions to practice their faith — such as in the Damen Student Center’s second floor of Ministry Offices for Muslim, Hindu and Jewish students — there is a lack of public festivity compared to Christmas, such as decorations and activities of other religions’ ho

Commuter Students Struggle to Find Community at Loyola

Loyola student Arnaldo Enriquez spends a lot of time on trains. The 22-year-old transfer student, majoring in political science and economics, commutes from Midlothian, a village in Cook County. His day begins at 6 a.m. when he heads to the Metra train. After getting off the Metra train, Enriquez transfers to one of three CTA train lines — Orange, Purple or Brown — and then transfers to the Red Line. Two hours later, he begins his classes at the Lake Shore Campus (LSC).

Increased Stalking Means More Students Coming Forward

Loyola officials believe the increase in stalking is due to students feeling more comfortable reporting incidents.The Clery Act Annual Bulletin lists all crimes and hate offenses, arrests and disciplinary referrals on all of Loyola’s campuses and reported 16 stalking incidents on the Lake Shore Campus (LSC) in 2016. Seven of these incidences occurred in on-campus student housing facilities. This was higher than the LSC’s 2014 and 2015 stalking reports, which totaled eight for the two years combined.

Loyola Extends Diversity and Inclusion Survey Due to Lack of Participation

Loyola’s diversity survey — which was originally open from Oct. 31 to Nov.17 — is now extended until Nov. 30 after low student participation. Only 14 percent of the 16,461 enrolled students responded to the Diversity and Inclusion Campus Climate Survey as of Nov. 27, according to the survey response statistics provided by Winifred Williams, chief diversity and inclusion officer (CDO) and vice president for human resources (CHRO).

A day in the life of a note-taker at Harold Washington College

They enter their office after clocking in for work. Unlike other departments in the building, this office’s door is always closed. They make sure to get there early so they have enough time to gather some materials. For the beginning of the workshift, all that is necessary is a pen and paper. Any text written on the paper will bleed through a sheet underneath it, creating a duplicate copy. Classes for the day have just begun.

Students demand transparency and communication from administration

At the April Board of Trustees Meeting, the public voiced concerns they felt Chancellor Juan Salgado, who will take office May 1, should address. Tony Johnston, president of Cook County College Teachers Union Local 1600, advised new leadership under Salgado to reconsider their focus on graduation rates because it overlooks the needs of some students interested in attending City Colleges of Chicago.