Illinois is expunging marijuana convictions from nearly 800,000 criminal records | CNN

Ryan Prior, CNN Yarygin, serazetdinov/iStock. Featured Image NN If you’ve been arrested for weed in Illinois, you can breathe a sigh of relief. Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker just signed HB 1438 this week, which makes cannabis legal in the state for individuals 21 and over, along with sweeping criminal criminal justice reforms designed to help…

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New Criminal Justice Film Series from The Marshall Project Highlights Chicago Witnesses to System’s Injustices | Chicago Defender

Ariel Parrella-Aureli, Chicago Defender The longtime couple have finally become engaged, celebrating with family and friends. (Image via NBC Chicago). Featured Image arold Washington Library Center’s Cindy Pritzker Auditorium was a full house at the opening screening of a new local series focusing on injustices in the criminal justice system. On Sept. 12, The Marshall…

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Thirty years later, Yusuf Hawkins’ murder still shocks in a changed Brooklyn | The City

Clifford Michel, The City, The City A memorial for Yusuf Hawkins in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, Aug. 22, 2019. Photo: Ben Fractenberg/THE CITY. Featured Image this week, Mohamed Kootabeda never heard the name Yusuf Hawkins. Kootabeda was shocked to learn the story of the African-American 16-year-old who was set upon by a mob of white youths in…

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