Today through Saturday, the Pilsen-based ceramic studio Gnarware Workshop hosts the Empty Bowls Fundraiser and Soup Service. Visit their webstore to purchase an empty ceramic bowl made by a local artist. Proceeds go directly to local food pantries and Love Fridges to provide food in time for Thanksgiving. Prices start at $7, and all bowls […]
Guaranteed income offers stability to formerly incarcerated people
Many struggle to find employment because of the stigma of a criminal record. To help, one organization is offering cash.
Resources available for formerly incarcerated people
Where to find support
WorldScene Film Festival proves that incarcerated people are More Than a Uniform
This week, the WorldScene Film Residency culminates in a film festival curated to illuminate the struggles of young men entangled in the justice system, giving the detainees a voice to share their experiences with their community.
Drinking water in Illinois prisons is a crapshoot
The tap water at Stateville has been dangerous for decades.
Ankle-monitor alerts garner phone calls and visits from sheriffs officers—but more than 80 percent are bogus, according to a University of Chicago analysis.
A very dark place
Maintaining mental health in prison was already challenging before COVID-19 hit.
‘We can imagine our way into something else’
When Anthony Holmes goes to the doctor today, he’s asked: How many heart attacks have you had? That’s because, Holmes says, the torture he faced in 1973 at the hands of then-Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge included shocking him with an electric shock box and suffocating him with plastic bags. Burge and the mostly white […]
In the dark
COVID-19 hospitalizations at Illinois corrections department leave incarcerated peoples’ loved ones with questions
Roosevelt Myles spent 28 years in prison, only to be released into a world in lockdown. He’s happier than he’s been in a long time.
‘Ain’t I matter? Don’t I count?’
Raptivist Bella Bahhs elucidates the importance—and the failures of—the census for formerly incarcerated women.
Dozens of reports from inside Cook County Jail paint a grim picture as COVID-19 cases soar
Prisoners say the jail, which has seen more than 800 confirmed cases, is a “death trap.”
‘I’m not overreacting’
A man who has waited 20 years for a court-ordered hearing is trying to secure release from prison before the virus hits.
‘The big house and the picket fence’
Tonya Crowder still dreams that she and her fiance, Roosevelt Myles—who’s been in prison for decades fighting what he says is a wrongful conviction—will one day build a life together somewhere “nice, quiet, and simple.”